belles-lettrism

belletrism, belles-lettrism

the view that literature is a fine art, especially as having a purely aesthetic function. — belletrist, n. — belles lettres, n. — belletristic, adj.
See also: Literature
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As a writer, Gardner was sufficiently concrete, observant, and lively, but she was no Edith Wharton or Isak Dinesen: her matronly guise did not conceal a furtive belles-lettrism.