Howells on James (Century 1882)
The art of fiction has, in fact, become a
finer art in our day than it was with Dickens
and Thackeray . . . . These great men are of
the past.
The new school derives from Hawthorne
and George Eliot rather than any others . . .
. This school, which is so largely of the
future as well as the present, finds its chief
exemplar in Mr. James.