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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The notion was so preposterous that I never even dreamt of imparting it to
anybody . I had always supposed that I should enter the law , but my three
brothers , much older than I , were practising it and there did not seem room for
me too . xviii I ...
I have a notion that when the intelligent look for thought in a playhouse , they
show less intelligence than one would have expected of them . Thought is a
private thing . It is the offspring of reason It depends on the mentat capacity of the
t the notion zary to his tune often sought invention , who was plausible and
natural , is in this way turned into a grotesque . I have often sought to cast an
actor contrary to his type , but I do not know that the notion has proved successful
; it ...
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