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The Art of the Novel: Critical Prefaces

by Henry James

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Those texts are prefaces that James wrote for a reprint of his novels. Ezra Pound, in his ABC of Literature, tells that those texts are the best possible way to study how to write novels. James methodic approach is all presented in a way that unecessary a previous reading of his works. ( )
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Foreword:  In 1877 as Henry James was beginning to dine out a great deal in London and regularly meet the most important figures of the day, he wrote to his sister Alice about Robert Browning:  "His talk doesn't strike me as very good..."
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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 Portrait of a Lady and The American. As Blackmur puts it, "criticism has never been more ambitious, nor more useful." The latest edition of this influential work includes a foreword by bestselling author Colm Tóibín, whose critically acclaimed novel The Master is told from the point of view of Henry James. As a guide not only to James's inspiration and execution, but also to his frustrations and triumphs, this volume will be valuable both to students of James's fiction and to aspiring writers.… (more)

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