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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... civilized world of the eighteenth century the actors gave life a touch of fantasy.
Their disorderly existence was a lure to the imagination in the Age of Reason and
the heroic parts they played, the verse they spoke, invested them with a halo.
William Somerset Maugham. advantage that its significance is actual. It is close to
us in point of time so that with a very small effort of imagination we can put
ourselves into the men who made it. They are almost contemporaries. And what
The novelist constructs a public world out of his own private world and gives to
the characters of his fancy a sensitiveness, a power of reflection and an
emotional capacity, which are peculiar to himself. Most people have little
imagination and ...
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