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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The people who do not like it describe it as artificial comedy and by the epithet
foolishly think they condemn it . It is drama not of action , but of conversation . It
treats with indulgent cynicism the humours , follies and vices of the world of
Perhaps the best chance the realistic dramatist has today is to occupy himself
with what , till now at all events , the screen has not succeeded very well in
presenting — the drama in which the action is inner rather than outer and the
comedy of ...
The great writers of , comedy , Shakespeare , Molière and Bernard Shaw , have
never jibbed at the farcical . It is the life blood that makes the body of comedy
viable . xl These ideas floating vaguely in my mind had little by little made me ...
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