V. S. Pritchett Quote

Great artists are always far-seeing. They easily avoid the big stumbling blocks of fact. They rely on their own simplicity and vision. It is fact-fetichism that has given us those scores and scores of American books on America, the works of sociologists, anthropologists, topical "problem" hunters, working-parties and statisticians, which in the end leave us empty. Henry James succeeds because he rejects information. He was himself the only information he required.


"Henry James: Birth of a Hermaphrodite", p. 131 - The Tale Bearers: English and American Writers (1980)

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