The Complete Letters of Henry James, 1872–1876


The Complete Letters of Henry James, 1872–1876

Volume 3

Henry James
Edited by Pierre A. Walker and Greg W. Zacharias

The Complete Letters of Henry James Series

328 pages
7 photographs, 1 figure, 6 family trees, biographical register, symbol and abbreviations guide


September 2011


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About the Book

Recipient of the “Approved Edition” seal from the Modern Language Association’s Committee on Scholarly Editions

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.

Author Bio

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.


“The general public has been deprived of James’s full epistolary record until now. . . . All the more reason to celebrate the present volumes, handsomely produced and extensively and intelligently annotated.”—Peter Brooks, Bookforum

“Rippling through these letters are the first imaginative stirrings of one of the greatest fiction and travel writers in the language. [James] was also one of the most entertaining—and prolific—correspondents. . . . These are richly enthralling letters.”—Peter Kemp, Sunday Times (London)

"The Letters collected in these elegant volumes, edited by Pierre A. Walker and Greg W. Zacharias, cover periods in which Henry James became Henry James."—Michael Gorra, Times Literary Supplement

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations


Symbols and Abbreviations



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

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


General Editors’ Note

Works Cited


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