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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.
This volume contains letters written from December 21, 1877, to September 29, 1878, when, having settled comfortably into London life, James finished preparing the foundation for the career that would define his reputation as a critic and fiction writer. During this time James published Daisy Miller and The Europeans as well as other fiction, reviews, and cultural criticism.
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 (Nebraska, 1999). Greg W. Zacharias is a professor of English at Creighton University, where he directs the Center for Henry James Studies. He is the editor of A Companion to Henry James and coeditor of Tracing Henry James.
List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Symbols and Abbreviations Chronology Errata 1877 December 21 To Elizabeth Boott December 21 To Mary Walsh James December 29 To Alice James 1878 January 9 To Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang January 13, 14 To Mary Walsh James January 26 To Elizabeth Boott January 28,  To William James January 30 To Elizabeth Boott January 30 To Richard von Hoffmann January 30 To Elizabeth Boott February 4 To Richard von Hoffmann February 7 To Grace Norton February 17 To Elizabeth Boott February 17 To Mary Walsh James February 17 To Alice James March 6 To Mary Walsh James March 9 To William Ernest Henley March 15 To Mary Walsh James March 21 To Gertrude Bloede March 22 To Thomas Sergeant Perry March 25 To Henry James Sr. March 26 To Francis Boott March 26 To Henrietta Reubell March 27 To Frederick Macmillan March 28 To Frederick Macmillan April 3 To Elizabeth Boott April 3 To Richard von Hoffmann April 3 To Caroline Tilton April 4 To Francis Boott April 5 To Frederick Macmillan April 6 To Theodore E. Child April 12 To Mary Walsh James April 15 To Gustave Flaubert April 15 To Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton April 19 To Henry James Sr. April 24 To George Grove May 1 To William James May 1 To Grace Norton May 6 To William Dean Howells [May 7 - c. May 31] To William Dean Howells May 21 To Alice James May 22 To Elizabeth Boott May 22 To William Jones Hoppin May 23 To Frederick Locker-Lampson May 29 To William James May 29 To Henry James Sr. June 5 To Alice James June 7 To Alice Howe Gibbens [James] June 15 To Elizabeth Boott June 18 To Mary Richenda Cunningham, Lady Stephen June 19 To John Foster Kirk June 25 To Mary Walsh James July 4 To Mary Walsh James July 7, 9 To Grace Norton July 15 To Mary Walsh James July 15 To William James July 23 To William James July 29 To John Foster Kirk [AugustOctober] To Georgiana Warrin Macmillan [August 1] To Frederick Macmillan August 14 To Elinor Mead Howells August 16 To Elizabeth Boott August 23 To Clay, Sons and Taylor Augus 24 To William Ernest Henley August 28 To William Ernest Henley August 28 To Mary Walsh James August 31 To Houghton, Osgood and Company September 2 To Henrietta Reubell September 13 To Elizabeth Boott September 13 To Thomas Sergeant Perry September 15 To Alice James September 18 To Grace Norton September 26 To Harper and Brothers Publishing Company September 26 To Frederick Macmillan September 29 To Mary Walsh James Biographical Register Genealogies General Editors' Note Works Cited Index