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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For the drama is make - believe . It does not deal with truth but with effect . That
willing suspension of disbelief of which Coleridge wrote is essential to it . The
importance of truth to the dramatist is that it adds to interest , but to the dramatist
The shock is so great that you no longer believe , and when you do not believe in
a novel you are no longer held . The moral is that you must have the courage to
throw your facts overboard if they fail to comply with the logic of your character .
For my part I cannot believe in a God who is angry with me because I do not
believe in him . I cannot believe in a God who is less tolerant than I . I cannot
believe in a God who has neither humour nor common sense . Plutarch long ago
put the ...
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