Quotation by Henry James

The face of nature and civilization in this our country is to a certain point a very sufficient literary field. But it will yield its secrets only to a really grasping imagination.... To write well and worthily of American things one need even more than elsewhere to be a master.
Henry James (1843–1916), U.S. author. letter, Jan. 16, 1871, to editor and critic Charles Eliot Norton.
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