But James was not concerned with all aspects of life

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But James was not concerned with all aspects of life. There is nothing of the ugly, the vulgar, the  common, or the pornographic in James. He was not concerned with poverty or with the middle class  who had to struggle for a living. Instead, he was interested in depicting a class of people who could  afford to devote themselves to the refinements of life. What then is James' special brand of realism? When we refer to James' realism, we mean James'  fidelity to his own material. To best appreciate his novels and his realism, we must enter into James'  special world. It is as though we ascended a ladder and arrived at another world. Once we have  arrived at this special world and once we accept it, then we see that James is very realistic. That is,  in terms of his world, he never violates his character's essential nature. Thus, James' realism, in the 
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