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
The screen gave that artificiality which verse had once given to drama so that a
different standard of verisimilitude was set and improbability was acceptable if
only it gave rise to situation . It gave the opportunity for all manner of novel ...
the writers who seemed to offer something new in technique , and this is very
comprehensible , for the novelties they presented gave a sort of freshness to well
- worn material and were a fruitful matter of discussion . It seems strange that so ...
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