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A Book of Narratives
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A Book of Narratives
A Book of Narratives by Oscar James Campbell, and Richard Ashley Rice (1917). The editors of this book of narratives have one object in view — to lead the reader to see life closely and imaginatively. It is not especially planned as a guide for young writers who want to sell their first attempts to the omnivorous magazines; and we much doubt if anyone will learn from it the temporary tricks for turning out "current fiction." The aim of all great literature is to interpret life, and the special aim of fiction is to see life imaginatively. Emile Zola once said that all a novel can hope to be is a corner of nature seen through a temperament. To inculcate something of this supreme art of seeing life, by the methods of fiction, is the purpose of the present collection. As we understand it, the purpose of writing courses in college, especially while drill in correct usage goes on, is to train the logical powers. We believe that there can be no better training in logic than that which exercises the faculties for close observation of life and for constructive imagination. Our commentary and notes are entirely devoted to defining and illustrating this exercise. We hope that the book will also be of help in the general study of fiction.
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