Monday, December 12, 2011

Oh, Mr James, don't you just know everything

  imagine a literature 
  of power without force

               The very claim of the fable is naturally 
               that he is special, that his great gift 
               makes and keeps him highly exceptional; 
               but that is not for a moment supposed to 
               preclude his appearing typical (of the 
               general type) as well; for the fictive 
               hero successfully appeals to us only as 
               an eminent instance, as eminent as we like, 
               of our own conscious kind.

Henry James
Preface to the
  New York Edition
Roderick Hudson
1874-1875 in serial,
  The Atlantic Monthly
Tbe Art of the Novel
op. cit.


  1. "of our own conscious kind" -what a beautiful phrase to read and to hold in our mind