The Complete Letters of Henry James, 1876–1878


The Complete Letters of Henry James, 1876–1878

Volume 2

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

The Complete Letters of Henry James Series

336 pages
6 illustrations, 1 figure


October 2013


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About the Book

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

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.


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 (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.


"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
Symbols and Abbreviations

December 21 To Elizabeth Boott
December 21 To Mary Walsh James
December 29 To Alice James

January 9 To Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
January 13, 14 To Mary Walsh James
January 26 To Elizabeth Boott
January 28, [29] 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
[August<n>October] 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
General Editors' Note
Works Cited

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