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Impression of Life

A novel is in its broadest definition a personal, a direct impression of life : that, to begin with, constitutes its value, which is greater or less according to the intensity of the impression. But there will be no intensity at all, and therefore no value, unless there is freedom to feel and say.

 

Henry James, “The Art of Fiction”, in Major Stories & Essays, Library of America College Editions, p578