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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paper, and it was not till four years after I had made my notes for it that I wrote the
first of the stories I had conceived in the ... The first story I wrote now was called
Rain and it looked for a while as though I should have no better luck with it than ...
Chekhov was a very good short story writer, but he had his limitations and he
very wisely made them the basis of his art. He had no gift for devising a compact,
dramatic story, such a story as you could tell with effect over the dinner-table, like
I have had some sort of story to tell and it has interested me to tell it. To me it has
been a sufficient object in itself. It has been my misfortune that for some time now
a story has been despised by the intelligent. I have read a good many books on ...
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