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 have seen men since as I saw them then , and thus have I drawn them . It may
not be a true picture and I know that many have thought it an unpleasant one . It
is doubtme less partial , for naturally I have seen men through [ 67 1 THE ...
me less partial , for naturally I have seen men through my own idiosyncrasies . A
buoyant , optimistic , healthy and sentimental person would have seen the same
people quite differently . I can only claim to have seen them coherently .
A good actor , bringing to a part his own talent , often gives it a value that the
layman on reading the play had not seen in it , but at the utmost he can do no
more than reach the ideal that the author has seen in his mind ' s eye . He has to
be an ...
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