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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I made up my mind that this was the perfect way to write and I started to work on
him in the same way as I had done with Jeremy Taylor . I chose The Tale of a Tub
. It is said that when the Dean re - read it in his old age he cried : ' What genius I ...
To get one result you must sacrifice another , so that to write a play perfect in all
its particulars , in the interest and significance of its theme , in the subtlety and
originality of its characterization , in the plausibility of its in [ 160 ] THE SUMMING
... and I will ask the reader to have patience with me while I briefly consider them .
One of them assumes that man has an idea of a perfect being ; and since
perfection includes existence a perfect being must exist . Another maintains that
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