mardi 11 octobre 2011

William Dean Howells, THE WORLD OF CHANCE, New York, Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1893, 375 pages.

"That is strong," said Mr. Brandreth. "That is a very powerful scene."
"Do you think so?" Ray asked. He looked flushed and flattered, but he said : "Sometimes I've been afraid it was overwrought, and improbable — weak. It's not, properly speaking, a novel, you see. It's more in the region of romance."
"Well, so much the better. I think people are getting tired of those commonplace, photographic things. They want something with a little more imagination," said Mr. Brandreth.
"The motive of my story might be called psychological," said the author. "Of course I've only given you the crudest outline of it, that doesn't do it justice " —
"Well, they say that roman psychologique is superseding the realistic novel in France. Will you allow me?"
He offered to take the manuscript, and Ray eagerly undid it, and placed it in his hands. He turned over some pages of it, and dipped into it here and there.
(p. 58)

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