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Title: America's Hive of Honey: Foreign Influences on American Fiction Through Henry James - Essays and Bibliographies
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America's Hive of Honey: Foreign Influences on American Fiction Through Henry James - Essays and Bibliographies by David Kirby



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The Art of Fiction, critical essay by Henry James, published in 1884 in Longman’s Magazine. It was written as a rebuttal to Fiction as One of the Fine Arts, a lecture given by Sir Walter Besant in 1884, and is a manifesto of literary realism that decries the popular demand for novels that are saturated with sentimentality or pessimism. It was published separately in 1885.

Henry James: Literary Criticism: Essays on Literature, American Writers, English Writers LOA N°22. 4. 0 i. Henry James: Collected Literary Criticism (two volumes). From poetry, novels, and memoirs to journalism, crime writing, and science fiction, the more than 300 volumes published by Library of America are widely recognized as America’s literary canon. With contributions from donors, Library of America preserves and celebrates a vital part of our cultural heritage for generations to come.

Stated Henry James in The Art of Fiction page 437. I agree with Mr. James that feelings and ambitions formed in characters do represent life. The idea of characters and how real they should is represented in page 440. Characters, in my opinion, form the novel itself. It is the characters and incidents corresponding in a novel, which make a good one. There are two kinds of characters: the round character, and the flat character. The round one has contradictions and develops with the progress of the novel. In page 438, Mr. James stated that the action of men is the task of writers. It is not only important to show characters feelings, but also to see them in action. A novel I would refer to that may get to be the opposite of that statement would be To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf.

Henry James (b. 1843–d. Born in New York, as a child he traveled extensively in Europe with his family. He came from a distinguished background: his father, Henry James Sr. (b. 1811–d. 1882), was a man of independent means, a religious philosopher and a writer; his elder brother William (b. 1842–d. Always committed to literature as an art form, James did not achieve the commercial success he sought, although his early works The American (1877) and Daisy Miller (1878), both studies of innocent Americans encountering Europe for the first time, had come close to bringing him fame. One of his major achievements as a novelist is The Portrait of a Lady (1881), a fine study of female entrapment.

In The Art of Fiction Henry James states and supports his belief that a novel is art and that it is the responsibility of the novelist to take that art form seriously. James states that writers should write realistically and avoid "make-believe" and "apologetic" (Perkins 443) forms of literature. James openly states that "fiction is one of the fine arts, deserving in its turn all the honors" (Perkins 444). Henry James uses The Art of Fiction to publicly notify writers that they are not taking their writing seriously, and to try too defining his own work as an art form. James writes The Art of Fiction after dedicating a lifetime to writing fiction. An interesting tidbit that one can pick up from the book is a description of the lost art of psalmody. For this reason, the book is not deserving of its genre classification, "Historical Fiction".

Henry James's father, Henry James Sr, was a man of strong, unorthodox opinions on education, which his inherited income allowed him to indulge. He believed his children would benefit from being exposed to the influence of European culture from an early age, and with this objective took them, and later sent them, on frequent extended visits to England and the Continent. The decent but diffident American hero, Longmore, is a familiar type in James's early fiction. His name is symbolic: he is consumed with longing rather than desire, preferring in the end renunciation over consummation.

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