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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... altered men's views on the importance of chastity that jealousy was no longer a
theme for tragedy, but only for comedy; ... an audience because the nature of the
audience is for the dramatist the most important of the conventions within which ...
It can only give him two good things: one, the more important by far, is the
freedom to follow his own bent, and the other is confidence in himself.
Notwithstanding his pretension and his susceptible vanity the author when he
compares his work ...
He must be great enough to recognize with good-humoured resignation that his
work, though so important, can have but an ephemeral value; for his merit is that
he responds to the needs of, and points the way to, his own generation. A new ...
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