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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I have never taken very comfortably to collaboration, and as I have pointed out, a
play is more than any other artistic product a matter of collective effort. I found it
more and more difficult to work in harmony with my collaborators. It is often said ...
Trying to form for myself some sort of picture of this, I have seen spirit in the
likeness of a river that forces its way through the jungle of matter; but river is
jungle and jungle is river, for river and jungle are one. It does not seem
impossible that the ...
many books to discover what the authorities had to say that made the matter a
little plainer. I have known intimately a great many persons who were absorbed
in the arts. I am afraid that neither from them nor from books have I learnt much
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