The Complete Letters of Henry James, 1876-1878: Volume 1

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This critical and scholarly edition presents the complete letters of Henry James, one of the great novelists and letter writers of the English language. Comprising more than ten thousand letters and addressing a remarkably wide range of topics, this edition is an indispensable resource for students and scholars of James, of the European novel and modern literature, and of American and English literature, culture, and criticism.

Written between December 1876 and December 1877, ...

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Overview

This critical and scholarly edition presents the complete letters of Henry James, one of the great novelists and letter writers of the English language. Comprising more than ten thousand letters and addressing a remarkably wide range of topics, this edition is an indispensable resource for students and scholars of James, of the European novel and modern literature, and of American and English literature, culture, and criticism.

Written between December 1876 and December 1877, the letters in this volume trace James’s departure from Paris and his arrival and domestication in London, where he would live at least part of each year for most of the rest of his life. In London, James quickly becomes immersed in the social and literary life of the city and of the nation. He is invited as an honorary guest to the Athenaeum Club; dines with Lord Houghton, William Gladstone, Alfred Tennyson, Heinrich Schliemann, and “half a dozen other men of ‘high culture’”; and continues his friendship with Turgenev, who lives in Paris. In addition to his regular production of critical and travel essays, he completes The American, contracts with Macmillan to publish French Poets and Novelists, revises Watch and Ward for book publication, and travels to France and Italy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803240636
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 10/31/2012
  • Series: The Complete Letters of Henry James , #1
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Pierre A. Walker is a professor of English at Salem State University. He is the editor of Henry James on Culture: Collected Essays on Politics and the American Social Scene (Nebraska, 1999).

Greg W. Zacharias is a professor of English at Creighton University, where he coordinates the Humanities Research Group and directs the Center for Henry James Studies. He is the editor of A Companion to Henry James and coeditor of Tracing Henry James.

Martha Banta is a distinguished professor of English emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the author of Henry James and the Occult: The Great Extension.

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

List of Illustrations xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction: Settling Down, Moving Up, by Martha Banta xvii

Symbols and Abbreviations lvii

Chronology lix

Errata lxv

1876

December 13 To Alice James 3

December 13 To Thomas Sergeant Perry 7

December 17 To H. O. Houghton and Company 8

December 18 To William Dean Howells 9

December 21 To Whitelaw Reid 12

[December 24] To Mary Walsh James 13

December 26 To Elizabeth Boott 18

1877

January 1 To James Ripley Osgood 25

January 6 To Katharine Hillard 26

January 6 To Mary Clarke Mohl 29

January 12 To William James 31

January 12 To Thomas Sergeant Perry 37

January 13 To Henry Adams 39

January 17 To H. O. Houghton and Company 40

January 31 To Mary Walsh James 41

February 2 To William Dean Howells 50

February 2 To William James 52

February 2 To Whitelaw Reid 54

February 7 To H. O. Houghton and Company 55

February 8 To James Ripley Osgood 55

February 9 To William James 56

February 11 To Elizabeth Boott 58

February 13 To James Ripley Osgood 62

February 13 To Henry James Sr. 63

February 17 To Frederick Locker-Lampson 67

February 28 To William James 68

February 28 To Thomas Sergeant Perry 73

March 2 To Alice James 75

March 7 To James Ripley Osgood 76

March 22 To Mary Walsh James 77

March 27 To Henrietta Heathorn Huxley 81

March 29 To William James 82

March 30 To William Dean Howells 87

April 8 To Alice James 92

April 18 To Thomas Sergeant Perry 99

April 19 To William James 102

April 23 To William Henry Huntington 104

May 4 To Mary Walsh James 105

May 5 To Henry Adams 113

May 11 To Theodore E. Child 117

May 20, 22 To Henry James Sr. and Alice James 120

May 22 To Grace Norton 128

May 26 To Elizabeth Boott 129

May 26 To William Conant Church 131

May 31 To Henry Adams 132

June 5 To Henry Adams 135

June 7 To Grace Norton 136

June 9, 11 To Henry James Sr. 138

[June 12] To Katharine Hillard 147

[June 14] To Katharine Hillard 148

June 23 To James Ripley Osgood 149

June 25 To Thomas Sergeant Perry 150

June 28 To William James 152

June 30 To Francis Pharcellus Church or William Conant Church 161

July 7 To Richard Watson Gilder 162

July 10 To William James 164

July 14 To Frederick Locker-Lampson 170

July 15 To Henry Adams 170

July 25 To Theodore E. Child 175

August 5 To Elizabeth Boott 178

August 6 To Mary Walsh James 180

August 7 To Macmillan and Company 185

August 9 To Grace Norton 187

August 22 To Elizabeth Boott 193

August 26 To Mary Walsh James 195

August 27 To Francis Pharcellus Church or William Conant Church 198

August 27 To Frederick Macmillan 200

September 4 To Francis Pharcellus Church or William Conant Church 201

September 4 To Mary Walsh James 202

[September 4] To Alice James 204

September 7 To Elizabeth Boott 205

September 8 To James Ripley Osgood 207

September 19 To Henry James Sr. 208

September 28 To Elizabeth Boott 211

October 2 To Francis Pharcellus Church or William Conant Church 213

October 2 To Mary Walsh James 214

October 7 To James Ripley Osgood 216

October 7 To Henry James Sr. 217

October 25 To Gertrude Bloede 219

November 2 To Alice James 221

November 10 To Henry James Sr. 225

November 22 To Alexander Robertson Walsh 227

[December] 8; misdated November To Frederick Macmillan 229

December 9 To Henry James Sr. 231

December 12 To Frederick Macmillan 234

December 15 To Grace Norton 235

December 15 To Thomas Sergeant Perry 240

December 17 To Frederick Macmillan 242

Biographical Register 243

Genealogies 259

General Editors' Note 265

Works Cited 279

Index 295

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