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Recipient of the “Approved Edition” seal from the Modern Language Association’s Committee on Scholarly EditionsThe Complete Letters of Henry James fills a crucial gap in modern literary studies by presenting in a scholarly edition the complete letters of one of the great novelists and letter writers of the English language. Comprising more than ten thousand letters reflecting on a remarkably wide range of topics—from James’s own life and literary projects to broader questions about art, literature, and criticism—this edition is an indispensable resource for students of James and of American and English literature, culture, and criticism as well as for research libraries throughout North America and Europe and for scholars of James, the European novel, and modern literature. This volume is the second of three to include James’s letters from 1872 to 1876.
About the Author
Henry James (1843–1916) wrote short stories, plays, literary criticism, and travel essays and is most famous for his many novels, which include The Portrait of a Lady, The Bostonians, The Ambassadors, and The Golden Bowl. American born, he spent considerable time in England and eventually became a British subject. When he died, he left behind more than ten thousand letters.
Pierre A. Walker is a professor of English at Salem State College. He is the editor of Henry James on Culture: Collected Essays on Politics and the American Social Scene, available in a Bison Books edition, and the author of Reading Henry James in French Cultural Contexts. Greg W. Zacharias is a professor of English and the founder and director of the Center for Henry James Studies at Creighton University. He is the author of Henry James and the Morality of Fiction, editor of A Companion to Henry James, and coeditor of Tracing Henry James.
Date of Birth:April 15, 1843
Date of Death:February 28, 1916
Place of Birth:New York, New York
Place of Death:London, England
Education:Attended school in France and Switzerland; Harvard Law School, 1862-63
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Symbols and Abbreviations
July 15 To Mary Walsh James
July 17 To Grace Norton
July 23 To Mary Walsh James
August 1 To Catharine Walsh
August 4 To Henry James Sr. and Mary Walsh James
August 5 To William James
August 10 To Sarah Butler Wister
August 14 To Henry James Sr. and Mary Walsh James
August 15 To Elizabeth Boott
September 3 To Alice James
September 9 To William Dean Howells
September 15 To William James
September 22 To Mary Walsh James
September 26 To William James
October 18 To William Dean Howells
October 26 To Henry James Sr.
November 2 To Henry James Sr.
November 16, 17 To Henry James Sr. and Mary Walsh James
December 3 To Henry James Sr.
December 10 To Elizabeth Boott
December 22 To Henry James Sr.
January 4 To Samuel Gray Ward
January 9 To William Dean Howells
January 13 To Alice James
January 14 To Grace Norton
February 5 To Henry James Sr. and Mary Walsh James
February 11 To Anna Hallowell
February 15 To Henry James Sr. and Mary Walsh James
February 27 To Henry James Sr. and Mary Walsh James
February 28 To William James
March 1 To Editor of the Independent
March 9 To Henry James Sr. and Mary Walsh James
March 10 To William Dean Howells
March 22 To William James
April 4 To Mary Walsh James
April 7, 8 To Elizabeth Boott
April 18, 19 To Alice James
May 3 To William Dean Howells
May 3 To William James
May 10 To Sarah Butler Wister
May 17 To Mary Walsh James
June 3 To Mary Walsh James
June 13 To William James
June 23 To Henry James Sr.
July 6 To William James
July 28 To Mary Walsh James
July 29 To Elizabeth Boott
July 29 To Sarah Butler Wister
October 13 To Robertson James
November 18 or 25, December 2 or 9, 1874 To H. O. Houghton and Co.
late December 1874-January 1875 To Welch and Bigelow
December 22, 29, 1874, or January 5, 12, 19, or 26, or February 2, 1875 To Elizabeth Boott
January 13 To William Dean Howells
January 23 To Sarah Butler Wister
January 29 To Welch and Bigelow
February To Wendell Phillips Garrison
March 8 To Elizabeth Boott
March 19 or 26 To William Dean Howells
spring To Anna Hazard Barker Ward
April 16 To Caroline Dall
April 27 To H. O. Houghton and Co.
May 27 To Mary Lucinda Holton James
late spring To James Ripley Osgood
June 7 To George William Curtis
June 7 To Caroline Dall
June 23 or 30 To William Dean Howells
July 21 To John Milton Hay
August 5 To John Milton Hay
August 18 To John Milton Hay
August 18 To J. R. Osgood and Co.
August 24 To H. O. Houghton and Co.
August 30 To H. O. Houghton and Co.
August 31 To James Ripley Osgood
September 1 To Edmund Clarence Stedman
October 7 To H. O. Houghton and Co.
October 13 To H. O. Houghton and Co.
October 13 To George Abbot James
October 15 To H. O. Houghton and Co.
General Editors’ Note