or to have any remembrance, founded on the evidence of my own senses, of what follows.

Category: Writing & Reading | Type: Discussion | Title: David Copperfield (in Context) | Author: Charles Dickens | Ch: I Am Born

So, how then does he know what to write. He invents retrospectively—how much of memory is in any case fiction?—founded on what he subsequently was told, on his conscious knowledge of the house itself and its furnishings, on his insight into the people involved, and finally upon his  imagination, which realizes the world more vividly and accurately than any photograph or historical document can begin to do.

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