The Art of Fiction
Available in PDF, epub, and Kindle ebook, or read online. This book has 48 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1884.
A lecture on the art of fiction, given by the English critic Walter Besant on April 25, 1884, and an answer to the lecture by American writer Henry James in the same year. For example, 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.
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