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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It is a psychological trait in human nature that interest is established in the
persons whom the playwright introduces at the beginning of his play so firmly that
if the interest is then switched off to other persons who enter upon the scene later
, a ...
The persons they describe with all this ingenuity are intrinsically uninteresting
and the subjects at issue unimportant . This might be expected . For the artist is
absorbed by his technique only when his theme is of no pressing interest to him .
It is a line to direct the reader ' s interest . That is possibly the most important thing
in fiction , for it is by direction of interest that the author carries the reader along
from page to page and it is by direction of interest that he induces in him the ...
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