Henry James: The Art of FictionPaper Rating: Word Count: 554 Approx Pages: 2
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