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 known dramatists who wandered in every night to the theatre in which their
play was being acted . They said they did it in order to see that the cast was not
getting slack : I suspect it was because they could never hear their own words ...
for a run in an important theatre . The old hacks , with Clement Scott at their head
, abused it soundly ; the critic of the Sunday Times stated that it showed no sign of
any talent for the stage . I have forgotten who he was . But the critics who had ...
When I say that plays are ephemeral , I am of course not speaking of plays in
verse ; the greatest and noblest of the arts can lend its own life to the humble
partner ; I am speaking of the plays in prose with which our modern theatre is
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