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The Art of the Novel: Critical Prefaces
by Henry James
introduction by Richard P. Blackmur
foreword by Colm Tóibín
University of Chicago Press, 2011
Paper: 978-0-226-39205-9
Library of Congress Classification PS21122011
Dewey Decimal Classification 813.4

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

This collection of prefaces, originally written for the 1909 multi-volume New York Edition of Henry James’s fiction, first appeared in book form in 1934 with an introduction by poet and critic R. P. Blackmur. In his prefaces, James tackles the great problems of fiction writing—character, plot, point of view, inspiration—and explains how he came to write novels such as The Portrait of a Lady and The American. As Blackmur puts it, “criticism has never been more ambitious, nor more useful.”


The latest edition of this influential work includes a foreword by bestselling author Colm Tóibín, whose critically acclaimed novel The Master is told from the point of view of Henry James. As a guide not only to James’s inspiration and execution, but also to his frustrations and triumphs, this volume will be valuable both to students of James’s fiction and to aspiring writers.


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