The Ambassadors: A Norton Critical Edition

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This revised and expanded Norton Critical Edition of The Ambassadors again includes the author's preface as well as the most significant variants of the three earlier editions of the novel published in James's lifetime.
The importance of these variants and the conditions under which the novel was written and revised—conditions leading to the continuing controversy over the order of the chapters—are discussed in the editor's rewritten and ...

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Overview

This revised and expanded Norton Critical Edition of The Ambassadors again includes the author's preface as well as the most significant variants of the three earlier editions of the novel published in James's lifetime.
The importance of these variants and the conditions under which the novel was written and revised—conditions leading to the continuing controversy over the order of the chapters—are discussed in the editor's rewritten and updated essay on editions and revisions of The Ambassadors.
As often as possible, the annotations to the text have been made by referring to James's other writings.
A map of Strether's Paris and a virtually unknown photograph of James, which originally appeared with the serial of The Ambassadors, have been added to this Second Edition, and the original frontispieces to the New York Edition of the novel have been reproduced in their proper sequence for the first time.
"The Author on the Novel" contains James's notebook entries on the inspiration for The Ambassadors as well as the long, remarkable preliminary statement that the author drew up before writing his novel. The selection of James's letters on The Ambassadors has also been expanded for the Second Edition.
"Criticism" is comprised of fourteen essays that represent more than seventy years of analysis of The Ambassadors, by H. M. Alden, Percy Lubbock, E. M. Forster, F. O. Matthiessen, F. R. Leavis, Joseph Warren Beach, Joan Bennett, Leon Edel, Ian Watt, Sallie Sears, Nicola Bradbury, Maud Ellmann, Millicent Bell, and Philip Fisher.
A Chronology and an expanded Selected Bibliography are also included.

The second of James's three late masterpieces, was, in the author's opinion, "the best, all round, of my productions."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393963144
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/1994
  • Series: Norton Critical Editions Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 543
  • Sales rank: 413,895
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

S. P. Rosenbaum is Professor Emeritus of English Literature at the University of Toronto and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is the author of two volumes of the Bloomsbury Group’s literary history, Victorian Bloomsbury and Edwardian Bloomsbury. In addition to The Ambassadors he has also edited A Concordance to the Poems of Emily Dickinson; The Bloomsbury Group: A Collection of Memoirs, Commentary, and Criticism; Virginia Woolf’s Women & Fiction: The Manuscript Versions of A Room of One’s Own; and A Bloomsbury Group Reader.

Biography

Henry James (1843-1916), born in New York City, was the son of noted religious philosopher Henry James, Sr., and brother of eminent psychologist and philosopher William James. He spent his early life in America and studied in Geneva, London and Paris during his adolescence to gain the worldly experience so prized by his father. He lived in Newport, went briefly to Harvard Law School, and in 1864 began to contribute both criticism and tales to magazines. In 1869, and then in 1872-74, he paid visits to Europe and began his first novel, Roderick Hudson. Late in 1875 he settled in Paris, where he met Turgenev, Flaubert, and Zola, and wrote The American (1877). In December 1876 he moved to London, where two years later he achieved international fame with Daisy Miller. Other famous works include Washington Square (1880), The Portrait of a Lady (1881), The Princess Casamassima (1886), The Aspern Papers (1888), The Turn of the Screw (1898), and three large novels of the new century, The Wings of the Dove (1902), The Ambassadors (1903) and The Golden Bowl (1904). In 1905 he revisited the United States and wrote The American Scene (1907). During his career, he also wrote many works of criticism and travel. Although old and ailing, he threw himself into war work in 1914, and in 1915, a few months before his death, he became a British subject. In 1916 King George V conferred the Order of Merit on him. He died in London in February 1916.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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    1. Date of Birth:
      April 15, 1843
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Death:
      February 28, 1916
    2. Place of Death:
      London, England
    1. Education:
      Attended school in France and Switzerland; Harvard Law School, 1862-63

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Note on the Text 31
Preface to the New York Edition 33
The Ambassadors 53
Notes 513
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