Containing letters written between October 3, 1878, and August 30, 1879, this volume of The Complete Letters of Henry James reveals Henry James establishing control of his writing career and finding confidence in himself not only as a professional author on both sides of the Atlantic but also as an important social figure in London.
In this volume of 114 letters, of which 58 are published for the first time, we see James learning to negotiate, pitting one publisher against another, and working to secure simultaneous publication in the United States and England. He establishes a working relationship with Frederick Macmillan and with the Macmillan publishing house, cultivates reviewers, basks in the success-and notoriety-of his novella Daisy Miller, and visits Alfred Tennyson and George Eliot, among others. James also produces essays on political subjects and continues to publish reviews and travel essays. Perhaps most important, James negotiates terms for and begins planning The Portrait of a Lady.
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. Michael Anesko is a professor of English at Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of Monopolizing the Master: Henry James and the Politics of Modern Literary Scholarship.
List of IllustrationsAcknowledgmentsIntroduction: The Real Career, the Larger Success, by Michael AneskoSymbols and AbbreviationsChronologyErrata1878October 3To William Ernest HenleyOctober 4To Alice JamesOctober 4To Thomas Sergeant PerryOctober 6To William Ernest HenleyOctober 6To Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord HoughtonOctober 9To Elizabeth BoottOctober 11To Frederick MacmillanOctober 11, 18 or 25 To William Ernest HenleyOctober 18To Henry James Sr.October 24To Henry James Sr.October 27To Mary Walsh JamesOctober 27To Frederick MacmillanOctober 30To Elizabeth BoottNovember 9To Richard von HoffmannNovember 14To William JamesNovember 17To Charles Eliot NortonNovember 17To Mary Walsh JamesNovember 17To John Foster KirkNovember 17?To Frederick MacmillanNovember 17To Whitelaw ReidNovember 17To Elizabeth BoottNovember 24To Henry James Sr.December 8To Frederick MacmillanDecember 9To Alice JamesDecember 10To Henrietta Heathorn HuxleyDecember 21To Moncure Daniel ConwayDecember 25To Elizabeth BoottDecember 29To William D. HertzDecember 29To William Dean HowellsDecember 31January 1To Alice James1879January 4, 5To Grace NortonJanuary 8To James Payn and Louisa Edlin Payn January 13To James BryceJanuary 15To Julian HawthorneJanuary 18To Mary Walsh JamesJanuary 19To Frederick MacmillanJanuary 20To Frederick MacmillanJanuary 21To Edward Smyth PigottJanuary 22To Julian HawthorneJanuary 22To Frederick MacmillanJanuary 31To Mary Walsh JamesFebruary 5To William Ernest HenleyFebruary 11To Elizabeth BoottFebruary 16To George GroveFebruary 16, 17To Alice JamesFebruary 17To Frederick MacmillanFebruary18To Frederick MacmillanFebruary20To Katherine Fearing Strong WelmanFebruary26To Elizabeth BoottFebruary26To Frederick MacmillanMarch1To Sarah Perkins ClevelandMarch4To Fanny HertzMarch4To William JamesMarch5To Louisa LawrenceMarch11To Moncure Daniel Conway and Ellen Davis Dana ConwayMarch 17To Elizabeth BoottMarch 17To Fanny HertzMarch 17To Frederick MacmillanMarch 21To Jane Dalzell Finlay HillMarch 23, 26To Alice JamesMarch 27To Josiah HollandApril 7To William Dean HowellsApril 8To Mary Walsh JamesApril 9To William Ernest HenleyApril 14To Elizabeth BoottApril 16To Henry James Sr.May 3To Josiah HollandMay 3To Henrietta Heathorn HuxleyMay 4To Elizabeth BoottMay 4 ; misdated 14 MayTo Mary Walsh JamesMay 5To Henry AdamsMay 6To Edward Smyth PigottMay 10To Frederick MacmillanMay 16To Thomas Sergeant PerryMay 16To Elizabeth SmithMay 19, 20To Alice JamesMay 23To George GroveMay 26To Elizabeth BoottMay 26To Henry James Sr.May 26To William Ernest HenleyMay 26To Eliza Bella Fisher LelandMay 28To Scribner's Monthly May 28To Henry SidgwickMay 29To Louisa LawrenceMay 31To Mary Walsh JamesJune 6 or 13 To Isabella Stewart GardnerJune 7To Scribner's MonthlyJune 8To Grace NortonJune 15To William JamesJune 17To William Dean HowellsJune 18To Frederick MacmillanJune 21To William Ernest HenleyJune 28To Elizabeth BoottJuly 5To Isabella Stewart GardnerJuly 6To Mary Walsh JamesJuly 13To Lady Louisa Erskine WolseleyJuly 14To Frederick MacmillanJuly 15To Isabella Stewart GardnerJuly 15To Frederick Macmillanc. July 18To William Dean HowellsJuly 19To Elizabeth Eberstadt LewisJuly 21To Elizabeth BoottJuly 22To Isabella Stewart GardnerJuly 22To William Dean HowellsJuly 22To Frederick MacmillanJuly 26To Alexander MacmillanJuly 28To Mary Walsh JamesJuly 28To Frederic William Henry MyersAugust 16To Wendell Phillips GarrisonAugust 19To William Dean HowellsAugust 19To Alice JamesAugust 19To William JamesAugust 23; misdated AprilTo William Dean HowellsAugust 30To William JamesBiographical RegisterGenealogiesGeneral Editors' NoteWorks CitedIndex