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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Swift's prose is like a French canal, bordered with poplars, that runs through a
gracious and undulating country. Its tranquil charm fills you with satisfaction, but it
neither excites the emotions nor stimulates the imagination. You go on and on ...
No critic has praised Dryden's prose more aptly. He said of him that he appeared
to have no art other than that of expressing with clearness what he thought with
vigour. And one of his Lives he finished with the words: “Whoever wishes to ...
It is not an accident that the best prose was written when rococo with its elegance
and moderation, at its birth attained its greatest excellence. For rococo was
evolved when baroque had become declamatory and the world, tired of the ...
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