James on Howells (1886)
He is animated by a love of the common, the
immediate, the familiar and vulgar elements of
life, and holds that in proportion as we move into
the rare and strange we become vague and
arbitrary; That truth of representation, in a word,
can be achieved only so long as it is in our power
to test and measure it.
“William Dean Howells,“Harper's Weekly 30 (19
June 1886): 394-395.