James on a writer’s experiences

by on 17/10/09 at 8:00 am

Experience is never limited, and it is never complete; it is an immense sensibility, a kind of huge spider-web of the finest threads suspended in the chamber of consciousness, and catching every air-borne particle in its tissue. It is the atmosphere of the mind; and when the mind is imaginative–much more when it happens to be that of a man of genius–it takes to itself the faintest hints of life, it converts the very pulses of the air into revelations…Henry James, The Art of Fiction

 

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