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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It is very different now , and the difference has been occasioned , I suppose , by
the advent of the cinema . Today , audiences , especially in English - speaking
countries , have learnt to see the point of a scene at once and having seen it want
The influence of Shaw led him to attach importance to ideas that were somewhat
commonplace and to suppose that the natural discursiveness of his mind was a
virtue . If he had not been persuaded that the public were fools , who must be ...
It may be that this planet alone can support life , or it may be that in other parts of
the universe other planets have had the possibility of forming a suitable
environment to that substance from which , we suppose , along the vast course of
time the ...
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