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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Passing the Comedy Theatre I happened to look up and saw the clouds lit by the
setting sun . I paused to look at the lovely sight and I thought to myself : Thank
God , I can look at a sunset now without hav . ing to think how to describe it .
When you come to the modern prose drama and look for perfection you will not
find it . I suppose it will be admitted that Ibsen is the greatest dramatist the last
hundred years have seen . For all the vast merits of his plays , how poverty -
When I look back on my life , with its successes and its failures , its endless errors
, its deceptions and its fulfilments , its joys and miseries , it seems to me strangely
lacking in reality . It is shadowy and unsubstantial . It may [ 308 ] THE ...
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