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It is a remarkable work. He knew a number of persons who were important in the
literary and theatrical world of his day, actors like Sarah Bernhardt and Lucien
Guitry, authors like Rostand and Capus, and he relates his various encounters
How the gods must have chuckled when they added Hope to the evils with which
they filled Pandora's box, for they knew very well that this was the cruellest evil of
them all, since it is Hope that lures mankind to endure its misery to the end.
He seemed to be infected with the superstitions which she knew prevailed
among the coloured people. One day he refused to see the English doctor. “The
only one who can cure me is old nannie,” he said irritably. When she
expostulated he ...
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A compilation of notes kept over his lifetime and published just before Maugham's death. Though there were some pearls of wisdom and insightful comments on writing it was his commentary on daily life ... Read full review