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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I would not claim for a moment that those years I spent at St Thomas ' s Hospital
gave me a complete knowledge of human nature . I do not suppose any . one can
hope to have that . I have been studying it , consciously and subconsciously , for
... him for wanting to know . They claim that in life stories are not finished ... For
the novelist claims to be an artist and the artist does not copy life , he makes an
arrangement out of it to suit his own purposes . Just as the painter [ 220 ] THE ...
lxi That is a claim that the author has always made and to this he has added
another claim : he has asserted that he was not as other men and in
consequence not amenable to their rules . Other men have received it with
obloquy , derision and ...
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