A Manual on the Art of Fiction, fact and truth

A Manual on the Art of Fiction ~ Clayton Meeker Hamilton

A Manual on the Art of Fiction

Clayton Meeker Hamilton

It is only in the vocabulary of very careless thinkers that the words truth and fiction are regarded as antithetic. A genuine antithesis subsists between the words fact and fiction; but fact and truth are not synonymous. The novelist forsakes the realm of fact in order that he may better tell the truth, and lures the reader away from actualities in order to present him with realities. It is of prime importance, in our present study, therefore, that we should understand at the very outset the relation between fact and truth, the distinction between the actual and the real.

~ Clayton Hamilton
A Manual of the Art of Fiction

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