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 wanted to write stories that proceeded , tightly knit , in an unbroken line from the
exposition to the conclusion . I saw the short story as a narrative of a single event
, material or spiritual , to which by the elimination of everything that was not ...
I have had some sort of story to tell and it has interested me to tell it . To me it has
been a sufficient object in itself . It has been my misfortune that for some time now
a story has been despised by the intelligent . I have read a good many books ...
Indeed , sometimes you might think that the best novelist is the essayist , and that
the only perfect short stories have been written by Charles Lamb and Hazlitt . But
the delight in listening to stories is as natural to human nature as the delight in ...
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