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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My impression is that it is written at least more naturally than anything I had
written before ; but I am sure that it is often slipshod and I daresay there are in it a
good many mistakes in grammar . Since then I have written many other books ;
But the journalism of a period has very much the same style ; it might all have
been written by the same hand ; it is impersonal . ... One can do this only by
keeping constantly in touch with the writing of an age not too remote from one ' s
It began with Our Betters , which was written in 1915 , and ended with The
Constant Wife , which was written in 1927 Most of these plays were comedies .
They are written [ 120 ] THE SUMMING UP.
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