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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admire them in others as I could admire their farfetched tropes and the unusual
but suggestive language in which they clothed their thoughts, but my own
invention never presented me with such embellishments; and I was tired of trying
to do ...
is thirty years behind the times, and the intelligent, owing to its poverty of thought,
have largely ceased to frequent it. I have a notion that when the intelligent look
for thought in a playhouse, they show less intelligence than one would have ...
Russia was very much in the thoughts of people then and I had a mind to go
there for a year, learn the language of which I already knew the elements and
immerse myself in the emotion and mystery of that vast country. I thought that
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