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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To give an example , I had written that a statue would be placed in a certain
square and he suggested that I should write : the statue will stand . I had not done
that because my ear was offended by the alliteration . I noticed also that he had a
The spirituality of his expression suggested the tired scepticism of a philosopher
who had plumbed the secrets of existence and discovered nothing but vanity .
Having gradually wasted his small fortune , he preferred to live on the generosity
... getting from Maupassant , turned to Stendhal , Balzac , the Goncourts , Flaubert
and Anatole France . I tried various experiments . One of them at that time had a
certain novelty . The experience of life I was forever eagerly seeking suggested ...
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