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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... civilized world of the eighteenth century the actors gave life a touch of fantasy .
Their disorderly existence was a lure to the imagination in the Age of Reason and
the heroic parts they played , the verse they spoke , invested them with a halo .
My lack of imagination ( for imagination grows by exercise and contrary to
common belief is more powerful in the mature than in the young ) obliged me to
set down quite straightforwardly what I had seen with my own eyes and heard
with my ...
It is close to us in point of time so that with a very small effort of imagination we
can put ourselves into the men who made it . They are almost contemporaries .
And what they did and what they thought affect the lives we lead today ; after a ...
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