The Summing Up

The Summing Up

by W. Somerset Maugham
     
 

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Impelled by the desire to recapitulate and amplify those 'subjects that have chiefly interested me during the course of my life', Somerset Maugham wrote The Summing Up when he was sixty-four. Autobiographical without being an autobiography, confessional without disclosing the private self, The Summing Up is one of the most highly regarded expressions

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Impelled by the desire to recapitulate and amplify those 'subjects that have chiefly interested me during the course of my life', Somerset Maugham wrote The Summing Up when he was sixty-four. Autobiographical without being an autobiography, confessional without disclosing the private self, The Summing Up is one of the most highly regarded expressions of a personal credo. It is not only a classic avowal of a professional author's ideas about style, literature, art, drama and philosophy, but also an illuminating insight into this great writer's craft.

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“The modern writer who has influenced me the most.” – George Orwell
The Nation
Incidents and character sketches are like polished gems on a chain of individual workmanship.
The Saturday Review of Literature
"The anecdotes are choice and perfectly told.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780099286899
Publisher:
Knopf Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/26/2001
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.75(d)

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Irwin Edman
...he has his ultimate comment on life, but his commentary is a picture, his judgment has the fascination of a well-told tale...his stories are exercises in humane wisdom, or philosophy at its best.

Meet the Author

WILLIAM SOMERSET MAUGHAM was born in 1874 and lived in Paris until he was ten. He was educated at King's School, Canterbury, and at Heidelberg University. He spent some time at St. Thomas' Hospital with the idea of practising medicine, but the success of his first novel, Liza of Lambeth, published in 1897, won him over to literature. Of Human Bondage, the first of his masterpieces, came out in 1915, and with the publication in 1919 of The Moon and Sixpence his reputation as a novelist was established. At the same time his fame as a successful playwright and writer was being consolidated with acclaimed productions of various plays and the publication of several short story collections. His other works include travel books, essays, criticism and the autobiographical The Summing Up and A Writer's Notebook. In 1927 Somerset Maugham settled in the South of France and lived there until his death in 1965.

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