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The Complete Letters of Henry James fills a gap in literary studies today by presenting in a critical and scholarly edition the complete letters of 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, the European novel and modern literature, and of American and English literature, culture, and criticism. Written between November 1875 and November 1876, the letters in this volume find James settling in Paris; befriending Ivan Turgenev and mixing company with writers such as Gustave Flaubert, Emile Zola, and Alphonse Daudet; publishing travel essays and critical notices as well as the novels Roderick Hudson and The American; leaving Paris and settling in London, where he would live for much of the rest of his life.
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. 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, 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 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 co-editor of Tracing Henry James.
List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Symbols and Abbreviations Chronology 1875 1 November To Henry James Sr., Mary Walsh James, and Family 9 November To Henry James Sr. and Mary Walsh James 18 November To Henry James Sr. 22 November To Whitelaw Reid 1 December To Francis Pharcellus Church or William Conant Church 3 December To Catharine Walsh 3 December To William James 10 December To James Ripley Osgood 20 December To Henry James Sr. 24 December To Alice James 31 December To Elizabeth Boott 1876 11 January To Mary Walsh James 11 January To Charles Eliot Norton 11 January To Thomas Sergeant Perry 14 January To Wendell Phillips Garrison 24, 25 January To Mary Walsh James [early February 1876] To [Francis Pharcellus Church or William Conant Church] 3 February To William Dean Howells 3 February To Thomas Sergeant Perry 4 February To Francis Pharcellus Church 8 February To William James 22 February To Alice James 29 February To Arthur George Sedgwick 3 March To Francis Pharcellus Church or William Conant Church 14 March To William James [early spring 1876] To James Ripley Osgood 23 March To Charles Eliot Norton 31 March To Grace Norton 3 April To Elizabeth Boott 4 April To William Dean Howells 11 April To Henry James Sr. 11 April To Whitelaw Reid 23 April To Whitelaw Reid 25 April To William James 1 May To Mary Clarke Mohl [2 May] To Thomas Sergeant Perry 8 May To Mary Walsh James 24, 25 May To Alice James 25 May To Arthur George Sedgwick 28 May To William Dean Howells 29 May To Henry James Sr. 1 June To Elizabeth Boott 4 June To Thomas Sergeant Perry [8 or 9 June] To Mary Walsh James 22 June To H. O. Houghton and Company 22 June To William James [late June or early July] To Elizabeth Boott 3 July To William Dean Howells 4 July To William James 6 July To Arthur George Sedgwick 15 July To William Henry Huntington 21 July To H. O. Houghton and Company 24 July To Alice James 25 July To Whitelaw Reid 29 July To Elizabeth Boott 29 July To William James 5 August To Grace Norton 15 August To Henry Jame Sr. 19 August To Elizabeth Boott 24 August To Mary Walsh James 30 August To Whitelaw Reid 6 September To Alice James 16 September To Henry James Sr. [25 September] To Elizabeth Boott 27, 28 September To Mary Walsh James 29 September To Katharine Hillard 29 September To Arthur George Sedgwick 10 October To Elizabeth Boott 11 October To Henry James Sr. 13 October To William James 20 October To Louise Chandler Moulton 23 October To William James 24 October To William Dean Howells 11 November To Elizabeth Boott 11 November To Henry James Sr. 24 November To Francis Pharcellus Church Biographical Register Genealogies General Editors' Note Works Cited Index