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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I liked life and wanted to enjoy it. I wanted to get all I possibly could out of it. I was
not satisfied with the appreciation of a small band of intellectuals. I had my doubts
about their quality, for I had been to a stupid and rather common little farce that ...
I wanted to see what I could do with more complicated subjects, I wanted to make
one or two small technical experiments which I thought would be theatrically
effective, and I wanted to see how far I could go with the public. I wrote The Tenth
I wanted to get what knowledge I could about the general structure of the
universe; I wanted to make up my mind whether I had to consider only this life or
a life to come; I wanted to discover whether I was a free agent or whether my
feeling that ...
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