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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To my mind his genius was better shown in other works . It is a tiresome allegory
and the irony is facile . But the style is admirable . I cannot imagine that English
can be better written . Here are no flowery periods , fantastic turns of phrase or ...
I have written few pages that I feel I could not improve and far too many that I
have left with dissatisfaction because , try as I would , I could do no better . I
cannot say of myself what Johnson said of Pope : ' He never passed a fault
One thing seems certain , and that is that if the stage play has any chance at all of
survival , it is not by trying to do any longer what the pictures can do better .
Those dramatists have followed a false trail who by a multitude of little scenes
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