His human fictions, as you choose to call them, make for nobility and manhood.
I have no fictions that make for nobility and manhood.
The pastoral is the most artificial literary form in modern fiction.
They belonged mostly to that class of realistic fiction which is called picaresque, from the Spanish word 'picaro,' a rogue, because it began in Spain with the 'Lazarillo de Tormes' of Diego de Mendoza, in 1553, and because its heroes are knavish serving-boys or similar characters whose unprincipled tricks and exploits formed the substance of the stories.
The Realists, who were undoubtedly the masters of fiction in their passing generation, and who prevailed not only in France, but in Russia, in Scandinavia, in Spain, in Portugal, were overborne in all Anglo-Saxon countries by the innumerable hosts of Romanticism, who to this day possess the land; though still, whenever a young novelist does work instantly recognizable for its truth and beauty among us, he is seen and felt to have wrought in the spirit of Realism.
At moments his deliverances seemed to stir people of different minds to fury in two continents, so far as they were English-speaking, and on the coasts of the seven seas; and some of these came back at him with such violent personalities as it is his satisfaction to remember that he never indulged in his attacks upon their theories of criticism and fiction.
Had he drawn still more upon fancy, the lovers of fiction would not have so much cause for their objections to his work.
After a lapse of half a century, he is writing this paragraph with a pain that would induce him to cancel it, were it not still more painful to have it believed that one whom he regarded with a reverence that surpassed the love of a brother was converted by him into the heroine of a work of fiction.
Then the first thing will be to establish a censorship of the writers of fiction
, and let the censors receive any tale of fiction
which is good, and reject the bad; and we will desire mothers and nurses to tell their children the authorised ones only.
These chapters play a useful role in calling readers' attention to the boundaries between span and mainstream and science fictions
and for the most part are effective in establishing span as a legitimate genre.
We can also reflect on how Buddhism's central doctrine (all things are in constant flux) can account for Johnson's often chaotic fictions
Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, Journal of the Plague Year, and Moll Flanders are all fictions
masquerading as memoirs, as are Gulliver's Travels, The Three Musketeers, and a long list of other classic works of fiction