Cynthia Ozick (and Henry James) on the novel

“The novel has not withered; it holds on, held in the warmth of the hand. ‘It can do simply everything,’ Henry James wrote a century ago, ‘and that is its strength and its life. Its plasticity, its elasticity, is infinite.’ “

From “A Din in the Head” by Cynthia Ozick (h/t to Dan Simmons, one of my literary heroes)

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