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 asked myself what sort of part would be likely to appeal to a leading lady, and
having made up my mind on this point, wrote Lady Frederick. But its most
effective scene, the scene that afterwards made it so successful, was one in
which the ...
Then I took a rest for two years and at the end of it wrote The Land of Promise.
This had been played to crowded houses for some months when the war broke
out. I had produced ten plays in seven years. The intelligentsia, having passed ...
I wrote it in Capri, during the long vacation, and such was my ardour that I had
myself awakened every morning at six and wrote with perseverance till hunger
forced me to break off and have breakfast. I had at least the sense to spend the
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