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 true that contemporary literature has a vividness of appeal that classical
literature can never have and it is well for a young writer to know what his
contemporaries are writing about and how . But there are fashions in literature
and it is not ...
It is convenient if you are travelling in a country to have a sufficient smattering of
its speech to find your way about and get what you want to eat ; and if it has a
considerable literature it is pleasant to be able to read it . But such a knowledge
With standards founded on the literature of the past , and studious of
contemporary literature in other countries , he will see clearly the trend that
literature in its evolution is pursuing and so be enabled profitably to direct that of
his own ...
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