The Summing Up

The Summing Up

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By (author) W. Somerset Maugham

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 22mm | 259g
  • Publication date: 30 May 2001
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099286890
  • ISBN 13: 9780099286899
  • Sales rank: 120,950

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Autobiographical without being an autobiography, confessional without disclosing his private self, "The Summing Up", written when Maugham was sixty-four, is an inimitable expression 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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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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"In what Somerset Maugham has written readers have found fascinating tales, sharply revealed characters, a fine narrative craft, and an author who has always been completely, honestly himself" -- J.B. Priestley "One of the finest short-story stylists Britain has ever produced" Economist "One of the most cosmopolitan English writers" Washington Post