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Introduction

  • Sheldon M. Novick

Abstract

Hovering about the essays in this volume are questions of evidence, of fact and of proof — reports of the death of the author evidently having been greatly exaggerated. ‘Evidence’ means the bits of data on which one rests a conclusion. In most settings — in courtrooms as well as the judgements of ordinary life — fragmentary data of all sorts are accepted into evidence. For it is only rarely that a single piece of evidence is in itself a proof that establishes a conclusion of fact. Confessions are notoriously unreliable, and without photographs or eye-witness accounts evidence is usually cumulative and circumstantial.

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Democratic Politics Young American Woman Realistic Fiction Disembodied Mind Young Artist 
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Notes

  1. 1.
    John Le Carré, A Small Town in Germany (New York: Dell Publishing, 1983) (first published 1968), p. 120.Google Scholar
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    Sheldon M. Novick, Henry James: The Young Master (New York: Random House, 1996), pp. 109–10.Google Scholar
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    T.S. Eliot, ‘On Henry James’, in The Question of Henry James: A Collection of Critical Essays (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1945), p. 108.Google Scholar
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    Henry James, ‘Saratoga’, in Collected Travel Writings: Great Britain and America (New York: Library of America, 1993), pp. 754–5.Google Scholar
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    Edith Wharton, A Backward Glance (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1964), pp. 193–4.Google Scholar

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