Quotation by Elizabeth Bowen

... a novel survives because of its basic truthfulness, its having within it something general and universal, and a quality of imaginative perception which applies just as much now as it did in the fifty or hundred or two hundred years since the novel came to life.
Elizabeth Bowen (1899–1973), British novelist, story writer, essayist, and memoirist; born in Ireland. Seven Winters, part 2, sect. 4, ch. 2 (1962).

From "Truth and Fiction," a 1956 talk which Bowen gave on a British Broadcasting Company (BBC) Home Service radio program.
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