The Complete Letters of Henry James, 1887–1888

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The Complete Letters of Henry James, 1887–1888

Volume 1

Henry James
Edited by Michael Anesko and Greg W. Zacharias
Katie Sommer, Associate Editor
With an introduction by Sarah Wadsworth

The Complete Letters of Henry James Series

488 pages

Hardcover

October 2022

978-1-4962-3238-0

$95.00 Pre-order

About the Book

This first volume in The Complete Letters of Henry James, 1887–1888 contains 154 letters, of which 94 are published for the first time, written from early January to December 22, 1887. These letters mark Henry James’s ongoing efforts to care for his sister, develop his work, strengthen his professional status, build friendships, engage timely political and economic issues, and maximize his income. James details work on “The Aspern Papers,” Partial Portraits, and plans The Reverberator. This volume opens with James in the midst of a long sojourn in Italy and concludes with his inquiring about both the status of his essay to the American Copyright League and also the story “The Liar.”

Author Bio

Henry James (1843–1916) was an American author and literary critic. He wrote some two dozen novels, including The Portrait of a Lady and The Golden Bowl, and left behind more than ten thousand letters.

Michael Anesko is a professor of English and American Studies at Pennsylvania State University. He is a general editor of The Cambridge Edition of the Complete Fiction of Henry James and the author of Henry James Framed: Material Representations of the Master (Nebraska, 2022), among others.

Greg W. Zacharias is a professor of English and the director of the Center for Henry James Studies at Creighton University. He is editor of the Henry James Review and of A Companion to Henry James.

Katie Sommer has been associate editor of the Complete Letters of Henry James series since 2007 and has worked on the Henry James letters project since 2001.

Sarah Wadsworth is a professor of English at Marquette University. She is the author of In the Company of Books: Literature and Its “Classes” in Nineteenth-Century America.
 

Praise

“Michael Anesko’s superb introduction to both volumes [The Complete Letters of Henry James, 1878–1880, volumes 1 and 2] places James’s letters in these crucial years in the context of James’s literary works and the broader social history in which they were produced. . . . These new volumes of The Complete Letters of Henry James deserve our admiration for their scholarly rigor and the teamwork required not only of the volume editors and Michael Anesko but also of the associate editors, editorial assistants, and advisory group of this monumental project. . . . These handsome volumes . . . [are] extraordinary resources.”—John Carlos Rowe, Resource for American Literary Study

“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)

“This latest volume of the Complete Letters represents, no less than its forebears, an inestimable contribution to readers hitherto obliged to hunt down James’s letters in various selections or scattered archives, and deserves to be greeted with the same jubilant chorus of praise and gratitude.”—Alicia Rix, Times Literary Supplement
 
“The textual editing of the letters is fantastically thorough, every blot, deletion, insertion, and misspelling being lucidly presented in the text itself and further described in endnotes to each letter; for the reader this evokes the dash and spontaneity of James’s pen, and for the scholar it clarifies every possible ambiguity caused by that dash. . . . The letters themselves are so vivid, funny, and revealing that [the edition] is already indispensable.”—Alan Hollinghurst, The Guardian
 
“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

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Symbols and Abbreviations
Chronology
Errata
 
1887
1 January to c. 21 July 1887          To Dr. William Wilberforce Baldwin
4 January           To Linda White Mazini Villari
19 January         To Katharine de Kay Bronson
20 January          To Lady Louisa Erskine Wolseley
21 January         To Robert Louis Stevenson
21 January          To Katharine de Kay Bronson
22 January          To Katharine de Kay Bronson
25 January          To Grace Norton
26 January          To Katharine de Kay Bronson
26 January          To Margaret Tod Cantagalli
27 January          To Robert Underwood Johnson
27 January          To Edith Peruzzi
28 January          To Eleanor Frances Poynter
31 January          To Walter Herries Pollock
5 February          To Katharine de Kay Bronson
6 February          To Dr. William Wilberforce Baldwin
7 February          To Eliza Lynn Linton
18 February         To Katharine de Kay Bronson
18 February         To William James
25 February         To Edwin Lawrence Godkin
25 February         To William Dean Howells
26 February         To Mary Morton Hartpence Sands
26 February         To Catharine Walsh
26 February         To Catharine Walsh
27 February         To Grace Norton
27 February         To Sarah Butler Wister
28 February         To Katharine Peabody Loring
March                To Laura Wagnière
1 March             To James Russell Lowell
2 March             To George du Maurier
8 March             To Dr. William Wilberforce Baldwin
13 March            To Dr. William Wilberforce Baldwin
15 March            To Francis Boott
23 March            To Dr. William Wilberforce Baldwin
6 April             To Francis Boott
7 April             To William James
11 April            To Robert Underwood Johnson
12 April            To John Milton Hay
12 April            To Hannah Locker-Lampson
13 April to 25 May 1887    To Somerset Beaumont
14 April            To Ellen “Nellie” Epps Gosse
23 April            To Katharine de Kay Bronson
23 April            To Ariana Randolph Wormeley Curtis
24 April            To Ariana Randolph Wormeley Curtis    
24 April            To Alice Howe Gibbens James          
24 April            To Edmund Gosse                      
24 April            To Mary Morton Hartpence Sands        
25 April            To Felix Moscheles
25 April            To Sir
2 May               To Robert Underwood Johnson
3 May               To Katharine de Kay Bronson
3 May               To William James
3 May               To James Russell Lowell               
15 May              To Robert Louis Stevenson             
16 May              To Robert Louis Stevenson             
20 May              To Frances “Fanny” Anne Kemble      
22 May              To Linda White Mazini Villari          
23 May              To Violet Paget                        
23 May              To Laura Wagnière                      
June 1887        To Robert Louis Stevenson             
12 June             To Thomas Bailey Aldrich               
13 June             To Robert Underwood Johnson           
14 June             To John White Alexander            
16 June             To James Russell Lowell             
16 June             To Catharine Walsh                  
18 June             To Juliet Trower                    
21 June             To Thomas Bailey Aldrich              
24 June             To Katharine de Kay Bronson           
28 June             To Robert Underwood Johnson            
July 1887        To Robert Louis Stevenson             
3 July              To Ariana Randolph Wormeley Curtis     
9 July              To Ariana Randolph Wormeley Curtis     
21 July             To John Milton Hay                 
21 July             To Eliot Norton                      
22 July             To Isabella Stewart Gardner            
22 July             To John Milton Hay                     
23 July             To Grace Norton                      
26 July             To Isabella Stewart Gardner           
26 July             To Catharine Walsh                   
27 July             To Charles Eliot Norton                
28 July             To John Milton Hay                    
28 July             To Frances “Fanny” van de Grift Stevenson    
2 August 1887-89    To Lillian June Bailey Henschel  
2 August            To Robert Louis Stevenson 
3 August            To Edmund Gosse  
5 August            To James Ripley Osgood   
7 August            To Elizabeth Blakeway Smith  
10 August           To Mary Theresa Mundella 
10 August           To James Ripley Osgood 
11 August           To Frances “Fanny” van de Grift Stevenson
17 August           To Edmund Gosse
17 August           To Mary Morton Hartpence Sands
17 August           To Frances “Fanny” van de Grift Stevenson   
18 August           To Theodore E. Child    
18 August           To Katharine Peabody Loring     
18 August           To Mary Morton Hartpence Sands  
19 August           To Edmund Gosse     
23 August           To Florence Bell      
23 August           To John Milton Hay  
29 August           To Florence Bell 
31 August           To Edmund Gosse
7 September         To Ariana Randolph Wormeley Curtis 
7 September         To Daniel Sargent Curtis    
9 September         To Sidney Colvin  
17 September        To Katharine de Kay Bronson 
17 September        To Charles Eliot Norton 
20 September        To Theodore E. Child  
20 September        To Elizabeth “Lily” Millet  
20 September        To Elizabeth “Lily” Norton 
21 September        To Sidney Colvin 
24 September        To Samuel Dana Horton 
24 September        To Samuel Dana Horton  
27 September        To Samuel Dana Horton 
27 September        To Henrietta Reubell   
27 September        To Catharine Walsh 
28 September        To Elizabeth “Lily” Millet 
October               Robert Louis Stevenson  
1, 5 October        To William James     
7 October           To Sarah Butler Wister  
19 October          To Thomas Bailey Aldrich  
19 October          To Isabella Stewart Gardner
19 October          To Frederick Macmillan     
20 October          To Isabella Stewart Gardner   
20 October          To Isabella Stewart Gardner      
20 October          To Robert Louis Stevenson     
21 October          To Frederick Macmillan       
28 October          To Robert Underwood Johnson
30 October          To Alice Stopford Green                
30 October          To Margaret Oliphant                  
30 October          To Henrietta Reubell      
12 November         To Edwin Austen Abbey                
12 November         To Thomas Bailey Aldrich     
13 November         To Elizabeth Boott     
13 November         To Robert Underwood Johnson    
15 November         To American Copyright League    
15 November         To Robert Underwood Johnson    
17 November         To Lady Louisa Erskine Wolseley 
21 November         To Henrietta Reubell     
23 November         To Lady Louisa Erskine Wolseley  
24 November          To Mary Morton Hartpence Sands  
29 November         To Lillian June Bailey Henschel   
30 November         To Frederick Macmillan        
30 November         To Urbain Mengin          
5 December          To Isabella Stewart Gardner  
5 December          To Robert Louis Stevenson  
8 December          To Lady Louisa Erskine Wolseley
11 December         To Lady Louisa Erskine Wolseley  
18 December         To Ariana Randolph Wormeley and Daniel Sargent Curtis 
18 December         To Edmund Gosse 
18 December         To Robert Louis Stevenson       
18 December         To Owen Wister             
19 December         To Robert Underwood Johnson     
19 December         To Henrietta Reubell                  
22 December         To Robert Underwood Johnson        
 
Biographical Register                        
General Editors’ Note          
Works Cited                      

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