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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When you consider the mental content of what these authors had to offer, you can
, unless you are but ill educated, hardly fail to see that it consisted of no more
than the common culture of the day. Shaw's ideas were expressed with great ...
To the artist the communication he offers is a by-product. I am not speaking now
of those who practise an ... He forms his decision from the aesthetic value of the
communication that is offered to him. If it yields escape from the reality of the
... offered a better subject of discourse than the novel of character or adventure.
The intelligent critics, the more serious novel readers, have since then given most
of their attention to the writers who seemed to offer something new in technique, ...
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