The Complete Letters of Henry James, 1880-1883

The Complete Letters of Henry James, 1880-1883 : Volume 1

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This volume of The Complete Letters of Henry James: 1880-1883 includes 122 letters, 67 of which are published for the first time, written between June 6, 1880, and October 20, 1881. The letters record Henry James's confirmation of his identity as a London resident, follow his struggles with the complexities of his professional life, and illustrate his closer attention to family and friends. His friends, such as Henry and Clover Adams, and family members, such as his brother, William, view him as their resident Londoner. When his sister, Alice, and her companion, Katharine Loring, travel to Britain, James both supervises Alice's state of health and also reports on its status to their parents.

The letters show Henry James's professional life as he shifts away from writing pot-boiling reviews and short fiction toward the greater novels that continue to be associated with him, especially The Portrait of a Lady. We also see James negotiating with publishers and arranging whenever possible simultaneous publication in Britain and the United States in order to maximize his writing income. This volume concludes with James's much-anticipated return to his native America, buoyed by his completion of The Portrait of a Lady. The journey marked a significant milestone in the author's life.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 408 pages
  • 159 x 254 x 37.59mm | 943.47g
  • Lincoln, United States
  • English
  • 9 illustrations, chronology
  • 0803285477
  • 9780803285477
  • 1,754,810

Table of contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: A Finer Art, by Susan M. Griffin
Symbols and Abbreviations
Chronology
Errata

1880
June 6 To William Dean Howells
June 6 To Mary Walsh James
June 6 To Louise Chandler Moulton
June 20 To Henry James Sr.
July 3 To Henrietta Heathorn Huxley
July 4 To Mary Walsh James
July 10 To Maria Theresa Villiers Earle
July 20 To William Dean Howells
July 20 To Mary Walsh James
July 26 To Grace Norton
July 26 To Thomas Sergeant Perry
July 30 To Thomas Sergeant Perry
August 8 To Alice James
August 8 To Francis Parkman
August 18 To William Dean Howells
August 19 To Henry James Sr. and Mary Walsh James
August 19 To Grace Norton
August 31 To William James
August 31 To Thomas Sergeant Perry
September 9 To Marian "Clover" Hooper Adams
September 11 To William Dean Howells
September 11 To Mary Walsh James
September 20 To William Dean Howells
September 20 To Frederick Macmillan
September 20 To Grace Norton
September 25 To Elizabeth Boott
October 6 To Eliza Lynn Linton
October 8 To Frederick Macmillan
October 9 To Alice James
October 11 To William Jones Hoppin
October 13 To Alice James
October 31 To Mary Walsh James
November 7 To Grace Norton
November 11 To William Dean Howells
November 13 To William James
November 13 To Charles Eliot Norton
November 14 To Sarah Butler Wister
November 18 To Henry James Sr.
November 27 To William James
November 28 To Mary Walsh James
December 5 To William Dean Howells
December 7 To Alice James
December 1318 To Archibald Philip Primrose, Lord Rosebery
December 15 To Blanche Althea Elizabeth Holt Cookson
December 16 To Walter Herries Pollock
December 16 To Sir Garnet Joseph Wolseley
December 18 To Lady Louisa Erskine Wolseley
December 21 To Robert Thomson
December 27 To Henry James Sr.
December 28 To Frederick Macmillan
December 28 To Grace Norton

1881
January 4 To James Russell Lowell
January 6 To Eveleen Tennant Myers
January 9, 11 misdated 10 To Mary Walsh James
January 12 To John Walter Cross
January 24 To Thomas Sergeant Perry
January 30 To Alice James
January 30 To Henry James Sr.
February 7 To Mary Walsh James
February 7 To Francis Turner Palgrave
February 9 To William Jones Hoppin
February 9 To Henrietta Reubell
February 12 To Mary Smith Mundella
February 12 or 19 To Theodore Child
February 16 To Thomas Sergeant Perry
February 24 To Henry James Sr.
February 24 To Frances "Fanny" Anne Kemble
February 27 To Frederick Macmillan
March 8 To Thomas Bailey Aldrich
March 9 To Thomas Sergeant Perry
March 16 To Sir John Forbes Clark
March 16 To Mary Walsh James
March 21 To William James
March 22 To William James and Alice Howe Gibbens James
March 24 To Frances "Fanny" Anne Kemble
April 15 To James Ripley Osgood
April 25 To Daniel Sargent Curtis
April 27 To Katherine Louisa Cullen Boughton
May or June To Katharine de Kay Bronson
May or June To Katharine de Kay Bronson
May or June To Katharine de Kay Bronson
May or June To Phoebe Garnaut Smalley
May 9 To Thomas Bailey Aldrich
May 11 To Henry James Sr.
May 31 To Henry Burr Barnes
June 5 To Henry James Sr.
June 6 To Henry James Sr.
June 12 To Grace Norton
June 24 To Katharine de Kay Bronson
July 13 To Houghton, Mifflin and Company
July 14 To Thomas Bailey Aldrich
July 18 To Mary Walsh James
July 18 To Francis Parkman
July 19 To Katharine de Kay Bronson
July 20 To Grace Norton
July 31 To Henry James Sr.
August 3 To Houghton, Mifflin and Company
August 6 To Alice Howe Gibbens James
August 8 To Thomas Bailey Aldrich
August 8 To James Bryce
August 9 To Houghton, Mifflin and Company
August 16 To Houghton, Mifflin and Company
August 18 To Grace Norton
August 18 To Henrietta Reubell
August 25 To Mary Walsh James
August 28 To Frances Power Cobbe
August 31 To Thomas Bailey Aldrich
August 31 To Frederick Macmillan
September 9 To Henry James Sr. and Mary Walsh James
September 10 To Helen Leah Reed
September 16 To Houghton, Mifflin and Company
September 17 To Katharine Peabody Loring
September 26 To James Russell Lowell
September 28 To Alice James
September 28 To Henrietta Reubell
October 1 To Alice James
October 4 To Katharine de Kay Bronson
October 4 To William Dean Howells
October 9 To Thomas Bailey Aldrich
October 14 To Frederick Macmillan
October 18 To Houghton, Mifflin and Company
October 20 To Frederick Macmillan

Biographical Register
General Editors' Note
Works Cited
Index
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Review quote

"This edition is not just notable for its astonishing ambition, however; even at this early stage, it must also be reckoned a signal achievement. By every measure, the volumes we have so far are simply outstanding in every major respect. . . . The result is an embarrassment of critical and biographical riches."-Bruce Bawer, New Criterion -- Bruce Bawer "This latest volume of the Complete Letters represents, no less than its forebears, an inestimable contribution to readers hitherto obliged to hunt down James's Letters in various selections or scattered archives, and deserves to be greeted with the same jubilant chorus of praise and gratitude."-Alicia Rix, Times Literary Supplement
-- Alicia Rix
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About Henry James

Henry James (1843-1916) was an American author and literary critic. He wrote some two dozen novels and when he died he left behind more than ten thousand letters.
Michael Anesko is a professor of English and American studies at Pennsylvania State University. He is a general editor of The Cambridge Edition of the Complete Fiction of Henry James and the author, most recently, of Monopolizing the Master: Henry James and the Politics of Modern Literary Scholarship.
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 editor of A Companion to Henry James and the coeditor of Tracing Henry James.
Katie Sommer has been an associate editor of the Complete Letters of Henry James series since 2007 and has worked on the Henry James letters project since 2001.
Susan M. Griffin is a professor of English at the University of Louisville and the editor of the Henry James Review. She is the editor of The Europeans, in the new Cambridge Edition.
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