The Art of Fiction

Walter Besant and Henry James

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The Art of Fiction by Walter Besant and Henry James consists of a lecture on the art of fiction, given by the English critic Besant on April 25, 1884, and an answer to the lecture by American writer James in the same year. One of the examples of the arguments presented is that Besant insisted that novelists should confine themselves to their own experience, whilst James argued that a sufficiently alert novelist could catch knowledge from everywhere and use it to good purpose.

This book has 21,245 words, 29 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1884.

Production notes: This ebook of The Art of Fiction was published by Global Grey in 2019, and updated on the 29th March 2023. The artwork used for the cover is 'A Young Woman Reading' by Michael Ancher.

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