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 made up my mind that this was the perfect way to write and I started to work on
him in the same way as I had done with Jeremy Taylor. I chose The Tale of a Tub.
It is said that when the Dean re-read it in his old age he cried: 'What genius I ...
The part then is inadequately acted and the balance of the play jeopardized; a
scene that has a definite value is thrown away because it is improperly played. It
often happens also that the perfect actor for a part will not play it because it is too
... to prove the existence of God, and I will ask the reader to have patience with
me while I briefly consider them. One of them assumes that man has an idea of a
perfect being; and since perfection includes existence a perfect being must exist.
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