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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William Somerset Maugham. be a very good playwright ; he had a dramatic gift ,
facility for writing easy , natural and amusing dialogue , and an eye for theatrically
effective character . The influence of Shaw led him to attach importance to ideas ...
beauty than that of Greece or Southern Italy ; nor was it their ramshackle , slightly
adventurous , easy life ; what excited me was to meet one person after another
who was new to me . I was like a naturalist who comes into a country where the ...
It is salutary to train oneself to be no more affected by censure than by praise ; for
of course it is easy to shrug one ' s shoulders when one finds oneself described
as a genius , but not so easy to be unconcerned when one is treated as a ...
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