The Art of the Novel

But the novel was not a play however dramatic it might be, and among the distinctions between the two forms was the possibility, which belonged to the novel alone, of setting up a fine central intelligence in terms of which everything ...

Author: Henry James

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226392059

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 348

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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.

Joseph Conrad Some Aspects of the Art of the Novel

technique ; but nobody cares how a novel is made, or should be made ; nobody knows. ... An artist, a novelist, has something to communicate to the public, and this communication must naturally be made in the least wasteful, ...

Author: Edward Crankshaw


ISBN: STANFORD:36105044958838

Category: Authors, English

Page: 248

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A Manual of the Art of Fiction

The novelists themselves are writing about the art of fiction, as Sir Walter Besant did, and they are asking what the novel is, as the late Marion Crawford has done. They are beginning to resent the assertion of the loyal adherents of ...

Author: Clayton Hamilton

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 9783752322149

Category: Fiction

Page: 164

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Reproduction of the original: A Manual of the Art of Fiction by Clayton Hamilton

Nineteenth Century British Novelists on the Novel

25 ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON ( 1850-1894 ) Three months after James's credo of realism in “ The Art of Fiction " appeared , Robert Louis Stevenson expressed his formal disagreement and a statement of the aims of romance in “ A Humble ...

Author: George L. Barnett

Publisher: Ardent Media


Category: English fiction

Page: 316

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The Art of Fiction

pathy for the major ones , in remarking that the only classification of the novel that I can understand is into the interesting and the uninteresting . The novel and the romance , the novel of incident and that of character , - these ...

Author: Walter Besant


ISBN: UOM:39015002650821

Category: Fiction

Page: 85

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A Study Guide for Robert Pirsig s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Lhamon praises the novel's way of tackling the big ideas of nature and technology, comparing Pirsig to Melville and, ironically, Thoreau, whom the narrator of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance criticizes. The reviewer predicts ...

Author: Gale, Cengage Learning

Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning

ISBN: 9781410320797

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 15

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A Study Guide for Robert Pirsig's "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students.This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.

The Art of Criticism

James gives comparable praise to the novel's amplitude in "The Art of Fiction," "The Future of the Novel," and the Preface to The Ambassadors, Chapters 7, 10, and 18. 427:40. the crash of the Empire. France's humiliating defeat by the ...

Author: Henry James

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226391977

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 517

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A collection of "the most important" of Henry James' Prefaces; "his studies of Hawthorne, George Eliot, Balzac, Zola, de Maupassant, Turgenev, Sainte-Beuve, and Arnold; and his essays on the function of criticism and the future of the novel."--P. [4] of cover.

The Art of the Project

Thus Bartlebooth's project is a radically ( self- ) destructive version of the one that presided over Lieux . ... The novel's setting is an apartment block from which Perec derives a chessboard - like grid across which to run his ...

Author: Johnnie Gratton

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 1571816496

Category: Art

Page: 252

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The idea of the 'project' crosses generic, disciplinary and cultural frontiers. At a time when writers and artists are increasingly describing their practices as 'projects', remarkably little critical attention has been paid to the actual idea of the 'project'. This collection of essays responds to an urgent need by suggesting a framework for evaluating the notion of the project in the light of various modernist and postmodernist cultural practices, drawn mainly but not exclusively from the French-speaking domain. The overview offered by this volume promises to makes an original and thought-provoking contribution to contemporary literary, artistic and cultural criticism.

Henry James and the Art of Impressions

provide only a childish morsel for James's famine, only a momentary trill in the cultural silence of the village. ... James wanted his declaration in 'The Art of Fiction that the novel is an impression to be considered alongside his ...

Author: John Scholar

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780198853510

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

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Henry James criticized the impressionism which was revolutionizing French painting and French fiction, and satirized the British aesthetic movement, which championed impressionist criticism. Yet time and again he used the word 'impression' to represent the most intense moments of consciousness of his characters, as well as the work of the literary artist. Henry James and the Art of Impressions argues that the literary art of the impression, as James practised it, places his work within the wider cultural history of impressionism, and means that his work stands outside that history and challenges its very terms. Henry James and the Art of Impressions�offers an unprecedentedly detailed cultural and intellectual history of the impression. It draws on philosophy, psychology, literature, critical theory, and the visual arts to study James's early art criticism, literary criticism, travel writing, prefaces, and the three great novels of his major phase, The Ambassadors, The Wings of the Dove, and The Golden Bowl. It argues that coherent philosophical meanings of the Jamesian impression emerge when they are comprehended as a family of related ideas about perception, imagination, and aesthetics - bound together by James's attempt to reconcile the novel's value as a mimetic form with its value as a transformative creative activity. Henry James and the Art of Impressions traces the development of the impression across a range of disciplines to show the cultural and intellectual debts James's use of the word owes them. It offers a more philosophical account of James to complement the more historicist work of recent decades.