The Summing Up, LX

Maugham versus critics. Even though writers should make sure to read the critics, critics need to know their place, which is “to guide, to appraise, and to point to new avenues of creation.” Temporarily though. The critic needs to understand their contribution to the conversation is ephemeral, not permanent. Oddly enough, I sort of agree with him. At least in terms of professional criticism. He also buys into the whole “those who can’t teach” thing, which is questionable. Maugham also finds time to make some snide comments about the English. They’re more interested in information than art. Again, I don’t entirely disagree with him, though I always just assumed they weren’t particularly great at the art. But he’s talking about the men. Maugham’s writing Summing Up post-Woolf, after all.

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