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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... cannot but raise and so come nearer to the plain truth than has ever been done
before . But then you have to make up your mind about the relations between
truth and art . xxviii I had my full share of the intellectual ' [ 96 ] THE SUMMING UP
It does not deal with truth but with effect . That willing suspension of disbelief of
which Coleridge wrote is essential to it . The importance of truth to the dramatist is
that it adds to interest , but to the dramatist truth is only verisimilitude . It is what ...
Man has always sacrificed truth to his vanity , comfort and advantage . He lives
not by truth but by make - believe , and his idealism , it has sometimes seemed to
me , is merely his effort to attach the prestige of truth to the fictions he has ...
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