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 do not know whether it was a subconscious feeling that this sort of writing was
contrary to my bent or a naturally methodical cast of mind that led me then to turn
my attention to the writers of the Augustan Period . The prose of Swift enchanted
Having then an epigrammatic turn , and epigrams being the fashion , I put my
conviction into a phrase and said to myself : follow your inclinations with due
regard to the policeman round the corner . By the time I was twenty - four I had ...
We are here , inhabitants for a little while of a small planet , revolving round a
minor star which in its turn is a member of one of unnumbered galaxies . It may
be that this planet alone can support life , or it may be that in other parts of the ...
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