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 have gone into the world because I thought it was necessary in order to get the
experience without which I could not write , but I have gone into it also because I
wanted experience for its own sake . It did not seem to me enough only to be a ...
... I should have got the usual hospital appointments , gone as assistant to
general practitioners in various parts of the country , and done locums ; I should
thus have acquired a mass of valuable experience . If my books had been
refused one ...
So different may be the finished product from the original that it must be a
common experience of authors to be accused of having drawn a lifelike portrait of
a certain person when they had in mind someone quite different . Further , it is
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