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Excerpt from Maurice Guest
Reasons for its life are mainly two. In the first place, it is one of the most truthful novels that have ever been written, and, in the second place, it creates men and women who are so alive that once you have met them they never leave you again.
This question of truth and the novel has been very much confused during the last ten years. An insistence on petty detail has often been thought to be all that is required, and the more you fill your bathroom with accurately described Sponges, tooth-powder, and cakes of soap, the more you give your den tists' parlours the last word in the latest instruments of torture, the more truthful your vision of life. And, further than that, in order that you shall tmst your imagination in nothing what ever, it has lately been a gospel that you shall never leave the inside of the cranium of your leading characters, shall tell only what they themselves are exactly thinking, and if by that you end by being nothing but autobiographical, what matter it, since you yourself are the most interesting person in the universe?
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