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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An old solicitor , whom I knew when I was a boy , told me that as an articled clerk
he was once invited to dine with my grandfather . My grandfather carved the beef
and then a servant handed him a dish of potatoes baked in their skins .
It is very hard to discover the exact point where the idiom one has formed to
express oneself has lost its tang . As Dr Johnson said : ' He that has once
studiously formed a style , rarely writes afterwards with complete ease . '
Admirably as I think ...
To do so is now more than ever necessary , for audiences are at once quicker -
witted and more impatient than ever before in the history of the theatre . Plays
have been written in such and such a way because they satisfied audiences .
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