The Summing Up
This book represents Maugham's life and philosophy in his own words. It is autobiographical in nature, though most of the work is concerned with Maugham's unique and fascinating opinions on the theatre, writing, metaphysics and the interesting people he encountered in his long and successful career.
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... jack one of them), about the value of a sonnet or the excellence of a Greek bas-
relief (Greek, my eyel I tell you it's a Roman copy and if I tell you a thing it is so);
but they were all agreed about this, that they burned with a hard, gemlike flame.
The reason is not hard to find. Stendhal got the idea for it from an incident that at
the time made a great stir: a young seminarist killed his mistress, was tried and
guillotined. But Stendhal put into Julien Sorel, his hero, not only a great deal of ...
If beauty is one of the great values of life, then it seems hard to believe that the
aesthetic sense which enables men to appreciate it should be the privilege only
of a class. It is not possible to maintain that a form of sensibility that is shared but
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