The Summing Up, XXXIV

It’s a very short chapter. One page in the edition I’m reading, two paragraphs. It starts as a bit of summary–but sparse summary; Maugham talks about the plays he wrote during the First World War and after. He talks only about the plays (and his reliance on them as comedies and not very ambitious ones), with no mention of his novels. I’m pretty sure his first major novels started coming out during this covered period. So he’s not covering his career chronologically. Or at least, not without tangents. He ends the chapter (and page) with an anecdote about the importance of self-awareness for the comedic dramatist.

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