The Complete Letters of Henry James, 1876–1878


The Complete Letters of Henry James, 1876–1878

Volume 1

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

The Complete Letters of Henry James Series

392 pages
6 illustrations, 1 figure, 6 family trees, biographical register, symbol and abbreviation guide


October 2012


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About the Book

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.

Written between December 1876 and December 1877, the letters in this volume trace James’s departure from Paris and his arrival and domestication in London, where he would live at least part of each year for most of the rest of his life. In London, James quickly becomes immersed in the social and literary life of the city and of the nation. He is invited as an honorary guest to the Athenaeum Club; dines with Lord Houghton, William Gladstone, Alfred Tennyson, Heinrich Schliemann, and “half a dozen other men of ‘high culture’”; and continues his friendship with Turgenev, who lives in Paris. In addition to his regular production of critical and travel essays, he completes The American, contracts with Macmillan to publish French Poets and Novelists, revises Watch and Ward for book publication, and travels to France and Italy.

Author Bio

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 coordinates the Humanities Research Group and directs the Center for Henry James Studies. He is the editor of A Companion to Henry James and coeditor of Tracing Henry James.

Martha Banta is a distinguished professor of English emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the author of Henry James and the Occult: The Great Extension.


"This volume is only one installment in an ambitious series, The Complete Letters of Henry James, which the University of Nebraska Press is bringing out in beautiful editions."—Louis B. Jones, Threepenny Review

"These volumes are beautifully and generously designed, and achieve an aesthetic standard rare in modern book production."—Dieter Mehl, Archiv

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations         
Introduction by Martha Banta        
Symbols and Abbreviations        


13 December   To Alice James    
13 December   To Thomas Sergeant Perry    
17 December    To H. O. Houghton and Co.   
18 December   To William Dean Howells   
21 December   To Whitelaw Reid    
[24 December]   To Mary Walsh James   
26 December   To Elizabeth Boott  


1 January    To James Ripley Osgood    
6 January   To Katharine Hillard     
6 January    To Mary Clarke Mohl
12 January   To William James     
12 January   To Thomas Sergeant Perry    
13 January   To Henry Adams     
17 January   To H. O. Houghton and Co.    
31 January    To Mary Walsh James    
2 February    To William Dean Howells    
2 February   To William James     
2 February   To Whitelaw Reid     
7 February    To H. O. Houghton and Co.    
8 February    To James Ripley Osgood    
9 February   To William James     
11 February    To Elizabeth Boott     
13 February    To James Ripley Osgood    
13 February    To Henry James Sr.     
17 February   To Frederick Locker-Lampson   
28 February    To William James     
28 February   To Thomas Sergeant Perry    
2 March   To Alice James     
7 March   To James Ripley Osgood    
22 March    To Mary Walsh James    
27 March   To Henrietta Heathorn Huxley    
29 March   To William James     
30 March   To William Dean Howells    
8 April    To Alice James     
18 April   To Thomas Sergeant Perry    
19 April   To William James     
23 April   To William Henry Huntington   
4 May    To Mary Walsh James    
5 May    To Henry Adams     
11 May   To Theodore E. Child     
20, 22 May   To Henry James Sr. and Alice James   
22 May   To Grace Norton     
26 May   To Elizabeth Boott     
26 May   To William Conant Church    
31 May   To Henry Adams     
5 June    To Henry Adams     
7 June    To Grace Norton     
9, 11 June   To Henry James Sr.     
[12 June]  To Katharine Hillard     
[14 June]  To Katharine Hillard     
23 June   To James Ripley Osgood    
25 June   To Thomas Sergeant Perry    
28 June    To William James     
30 June   To Francis Pharcellus Church or William Conant Church      
7 July    To Richard Watson Gilder    
10 July    To William James     
14 July    To Frederick Locker-Lampson   
15 July    To Henry Adams     
25 July    To Theodore E. Child     
5 August   To Elizabeth Boott     
6 August   To Mary Walsh James    
7 August   To Macmillan and Company    
9 August   To Grace Norton     
22 August   To Elizabeth Boott     
26 August   To Mary Walsh James    
27 August   To Francis Pharcellus Church  or William Conant Church      
27 August   To Frederick Macmillan     
4 September   To Francis Pharcellus Church or William Conant Church      
4 September To Mary Walsh James   
[4 September]    To Alice James     
7 September   To Elizabeth Boott     
8 September   To James Ripley Osgood    
19 September   To Henry James Sr.     
28 September    To Elizabeth Boott     
2 October   To Francis Pharcellus Church or William Conant Church      
2 October   To Mary Walsh James    
7 October   To James Ripley Osgood    
7 October   To Henry James Sr.     
25 October   To Gertrude Bloede     
2 November   To Alice James     
10 November   To Henry James Sr.     
22 November   To Alexander Robertson Walsh   
8 [December]; misdated November  To Frederick Macmillan    
9 December   To Henry James Sr.     
12 December   To Frederick Macmillan    
15 December   To Grace Norton     
15 December   To Thomas Sergeant Perry    
17 December   To Frederick Macmillan     

Biographical Register         
General Editors’ Note         
Works Cited         


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