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This essay traces the pleasures of the text(s) in two Jamesian artist-tales, "The Story of a Masterpiece" and "The Liar." The two tales share similar plots, but are constructed differently. James changes point of view in the later story and, with this formal shift, complicates both representation and the readerly experience of Jouissance. James suspends his texts and his readers between realism and the visionary, opening the possibility of a modern "truth-event."