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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Newman had an exquisite grace, music, playful sometimes and sometimes grave
, a woodland beauty of phrase, dignity and mellowness. Both wrote with extreme
lucidity. Neither is quite as simple as the purest taste demands. Here I think ...
Sometimes he fills you with horror; sometimes he is entirely sympathetic; but he
has an inner coherence, so that though you often shudder you accept. But it was
long before Stendhal's example bore fruit. Balzac, with all his genius, drew his ...
Sometimes the stress of circumstances is too great for him and with rage in his
heart he yields to the demand of the public. One must not expect too much of
human nature and an occasional pot-boiler may be accepted from him with lenity.
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