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      1. Describes reality in comprehensive detail
      2. Characters are more important than the plot and action
      3. Complex ethical choices are often the subject of the literature
      4. Characters are related to nature, to each other, to their social class and to their own past. This relation makes up the complexity of their temperament and motive.
      5. Class is important (usually describes the middle class)
      6. Events are usually plausible
      7. Diction is natural, not heightened or poetic
      1. Mark Twain
      2. William Dean Howells
      3. Rebecca Harding Davis
      4. John W. DeForest
      5. Henry James



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