Henry James: The Art of Fiction

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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). James goes on to say that the true art of writing fiction is "to catch the color of life itself  (Perkins 456). In The Art of Fiction Henry James publicly discusses his own private opinion in an attempt to remind writers of their duty to create a "perfect work  (Perkins 456).

Henry James uses The Art of Fiction to publicly notify writers t

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