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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He had known Swinburne intil mately and could talk about him in an entrancing
fashion , but he could also talk of Shelley , whom after all he could not possibly
have known , as if he had been a bosom friend . For many years he had been ...
I do not think he ever had an inkling that he was an outrageous sham . His whole
life was a lie , but when he was dying , if he had known he was going to , which
mercifully he didn ' t , I am convinced he would have [ 84 ] THE SUMMING UP.
It is the difficulty of directing the interest that makes it so hard to write the plays
that are known as plays of atmosphere . The best known of them , of course , are
Chekhov ' s . Since the interest is not concentrated on two or three persons , but
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