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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... a picture he does not care for? There is no more merit in having read a
thousand books than in having ploughed a thousand fields. There is no more
merit in being able to attach a correct description to a picture than in being able to
find out ...
It can never be more than a partial one, but if he is fortunate he will succeed in
the end in doing something else; he will draw a complete picture of himself. At all
events to think thus is a consolation when you cast your eye over the publishers'
Having to fit themselves, in the course of evolution, to a constantly changing
environment, they have made a picture from fragments that they took here and
there because they suited their purposes. This is the world of phenomena that
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