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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The only ideas that can affect them when they are welded together in that unity
which is an audience, are those commonplace, fundamental ideas that are
almost feelings. These, the root ideas of poetry, are love, death and the destiny of
Shaw's ideas were expressed with great vivacity. They could only have surprised
because the intellectual capacity of the audience was inconsiderable. They
surprise no longer; indeed, the young tend to look on them now as antiquated ...
For though they clamour for the play of ideas, when he presents it to them they
sniff at it if the ideas are familiar to them, thinking modestly that what they know
already is commonplace, and if the ideas are unfamiliar to them, they think them ...
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