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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Of these some died without fulfilling the promise I thought they had and the rest
have lived on without distinction. I know now that all they had was the natural
creativity of youth. To write prose and verse, to hammer out little tunes on the
The world of my twenties was a middleaged world and youth was something to
be got through as quickly as possible so that maturity might be reached. The
young things of the present day, at least in that middle class to which I belong,
seem to ...
For the complete life, the perfect pattern, includes old age as well as youth and
maturity. The beauty of the morning and the radiance of noon are good, but it
would be a very silly person who drew the curtains and turned on the light in
order to ...
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