The Art of Fiction

The novel and the romance, the novel of incident and that of character-these clumsy separations appear to me to have been made by critics and readers for their own convenience, and to help them out of some of their occasional queer predicaments, but to have little reality or interest for the producer, from whose point of view it is of course that we are attempting to consider the art of fiction.

Henry James, “The Art of Fiction”, in Major Stories and Essays (First Library of America College Edition, Fall 1999), 583

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