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The Art of the Novel

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This collection of prefaces, originally written for the 1909 multi-volume New York Edition of Henry James's fiction, first appeared in book form in 1934 with an introduction by poet and critic R. P. Blackmur. In his prefaces, James tackles the great problems of fiction writing :character, plot, point of view, inspiration;and explains how he came to write novels such as The ...more
Paperback, 348 pages
Published June 1st 1962 by Scribner (first published 1909)
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Apr 17, 2013 Clara rated it did not like it
I admit it. I like Henry James's fiction. Maybe it's because I came to it as an adult and it wasn't forced upon me as a teenager--how can a teenager understand Henry James anyway? This was, however, the first piece of criticism by James that I've read. The Art of the Novel is a compilation of the prefaces to each of the works that appeared in the "New York Edition" of James's fiction. The New York Edition was a fancy set of all of James's novels and selected short pieces, about which he was very ...more
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Aug 09, 2016 J.L. Flores rated it really liked it
Preciosamente escrito, Henry James tiene una de las plumas más elegantes de su época y probablemente en la historia de la literatura. No es un libro para seguir a pies juntillas, ¿pero cuál lo es?

Es un disfrute ver navegar a James en este mar noveloso y sacarle un brillo trascendente.
May 11, 2012 Ke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A fan of Henry James may find this collection amazing, but a lesser fan may not find that her previous views on the author will shift.
Thomas Walsh
if you are a fan of James, then this one is a critical read. it contains all his famous preface statements for all his novels.
Jun 09, 2013 Charles rated it it was amazing
Fundamental. Together with Ford and Conrad, the founders of modern Literary Realism.
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Henry James, OM, son of theologian Henry James Sr., brother of the philosopher and psychologist William James and diarist Alice James, was an American-born author, one of the founders and leaders of a school of realism in fiction. He spent much of his life in England and became a British subject shortly before his death. He is primarily known for a series of major novels in which he portrayed the ...more
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