Henry James Questions and Answers

Start Your Free Trial

What are Henry James' views on the art of fiction?

Expert Answers info

Ian Chege eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2018

write287 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Business

In the "The Art of Fiction," Henry James holds the view that fiction is an art that cannot be governed by a set of rules. According to the author, fiction is a genre that should not be confined by a set of guidelines since they will make it less of an art.

Moreover, James argues that fiction cannot be limited by morals since it prevents the artist from exploring his or her creativity. A work of art is an expression of an artist's feelings, which should not be restricted by morality.

Also, he notes that artists must be able to create from their own imagination and not only from personal experience....

(The entire section contains 2 answers and 315 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


check Approved by eNotes Editorial

D. Reynolds eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2016

write11,495 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial