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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From time to time they will doubtless find a critic in search of a subject to write an
article about them , which may cause readers here and there to get out one or
other of their books from a library ; but I think it is clear that neither of them wrote ...
for the reader has nothing to do with the motive for which the author writes . He is
only concerned with the result . Many writers need the spur of necessity to write at
all ( Samuel Johnson was one of them ) , but they do not write for money .
It is a line to direct the reader ' s interest . That is possibly the most important thing
in fiction , for it is by direction of interest that the author carries the reader along
from page to page and it is by direction of interest that he induces in him the ...
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