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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (382 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: W. Somerset Maugham Narrator: Charlton Griffin Publisher: Audio Connoisseur Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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William Somerset Maugham (1874ï 1965) was born at the height of British imperial power. When he died, the British Empire was all but a memory. In Maugham's lifetime, as his civilization slowly disappeared, people from all walks of life, the proud, the urbane, the crude, and the desperate, passed beneath the lens of his dispassionate scrutiny. Transformed into some of the most unforgettable literary works of the 20th century, his experiences re-emerged in his plays, fiction, and essays. No other writer possessed his keen ability of observation. It was an ability so well honed that his work makes you feel as if you have been drawn into an intimate conversation with the century's most arresting and sophisticated personality.

The Summing Up 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 theater, writing, metaphysics, and the interesting people he encountered in his long and successful career. His style is very conversational and you feel yourself settling into an intellectual odyssey led by a man who lived life to its fullest. Sixty years after The Summing Up was published, Maugham's controversial insights and opinions continue to stimulate conversation and debate. This is one of the most entertaining, self-revealing pieces of all time. Download and start listening now!


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Gregg Cebrzynski | 11/16/2013

    " As usual, Maugham never fails to delight. This book is particularly valuable to writers, but general readers will find insights into the mind and personality of a novelist and playwright who was much admired in his time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by J. Joan | 11/13/2013

    " A couple of golden nuggets in this quasi-autobiographical super-essay, but also lots of boring blather on how to write. I love Maugham still, and this book will definitely supplement anyone's love for Maugham or his writings, but I did find it tedious to read at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Pankaj Mullick | 9/4/2013

    " If you aspire to be a writer, no other book could offer you a view from the inside the mind of one the greatest writers of all time. Sensing his end coming, he holds nothing back and offers some hard advice for writers and on life, in general. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Saket Suryesh | 8/11/2013

    " A great book, as one would expect from Maugham, must read for people wanting to do serious writing. The book illustrates the seriousness and dedication with which Maugham pursued writing. "

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