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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The work I did was certainly very good for me. I began to write better; I did not
write well. I wrote stiffly and self-consciously. I tried to get a pattern into my
sentences, but did not see that the pattern was evident. I took care how I placed
my words, ...
I have always had more stories in my head than I ever had time to write. I have
often heard writers complain that they wanted to write but had nothing to write
about, and I remember one distinguished author telling me that she was reading
He does well only to write to liberate his spirit of a subject that he has so long
meditated that it burdens him and if he is wise he will take care to write only for
the sake of his own peace. Perhaps the simplest way to break the habit of writing
is by ...
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