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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day . to time the spirit of the language has reasserted itself , as it did with Dryden
and the writers of Queen Anne , it was only to be submerged once more by the
pomposities of Gibbon and Dr Johnson . When English prose recovered
I can read every word that Dr Johnson wrote with delight , for he had good sense
, charm and wit . No one could have written better if he had not wilfully set himself
to write in the grand style . He knew good English when he saw it . No critic has ...
It is very hard to discover the exact point where the idiom one has formed to
express oneself has lost its tang . As Dr Johnson said : ' He that has once
studiously formed a style , rarely writes afterwards with complete ease . '
Admirably as I think ...
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