The Complete Letters of Henry James, 1883–1884


The Complete Letters of Henry James, 1883–1884

Volume 2

Henry James
Edited by Michael Anesko and Greg W. Zacharias
Katie Sommer, Associate Editor

The Complete Letters of Henry James Series

360 pages


October 2019


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About the Book

This volume of The Complete Letters of Henry James, 1883–1884 includes 125 letters, of which 72 are published for the first time, written from January 29, 1884, to November 9, 1884. The letters mark Henry James’s confidence and achievements as an internationally important professional writer, including his participation in conceiving and carrying out with editors and publishers complicated plans to distribute his work and maximize his income. James details his work on mid-career novels The Bostonians and The Princess Casamassima as well as work on a number of tales that would help to define his career. This volume concludes with James’s anticipation of the arrival in England from the United States of his sister, Alice, who would never again return to her homeland.

Author Bio

Henry James (1843–1916) was an American author and literary critic. He wrote some two dozen novels, including Portrait of a Ladyand 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, most recently, of Generous Mistakes: Incidents of Error in Henry James.
               Greg W. Zacharias is a professor of English and the director of the Center for Henry James Studies at Creighton University. He is the editor of A Companion to Henry James , the coeditor of Tracing Henry James, and the editor of the Henry James Review.
               Katie Sommer has been an associate editor of the Complete Letters of Henry James series since 2007 and has worked on the Henry James letters project since 2001.


“Reading these edited letters is a delight. The transcriptions allow one to read fluidly rather than haltingly, preserving the rhythm and tone of the original communications together with their content. The explanatory notes do a superb job of contextualizing the letters and identifying references and allusions within them. I could not help but admire the astonishing discernment and scholarship manifested in this volume.”—Sarah Wadsworth, professor of English at Marquette University

Table of Contents

The Complete Letters of Henry James, 1883<n>1884, volume 2, contains 125 letters, of which 72 are published for the first time. Each letter is followed by previous publication information or a note that there is no previous publication.

Symbols and Abbreviations    


January 29    To James Ripley Osgood    
January 30    To Mary Morton Hartpence Sands    
February 1    To Richard Watson Gilder    
February 5    To Alice James    
February 5    To Emma Lazarus    
February 7    To Thomas Bailey Aldrich    
February 7    To Edmund Gosse    
February 7    To Houghton, Mifflin and Company    
February 7    To Benjamin Holt Ticknor    
<b>February 9</b>    To Theodore E. Child    
February 13    To Thomas Bailey Aldrich    
February 20    To William James    
February 21    To William Dean Howells    
February 21    To Mary Augusta Arnold Ward    
February 22    To Edwin Lawrence Godkin    
<b>February</b> 22; <i>misdated</i> January    To John Addington Symonds    
February 23    To Grace Norton    
February 26    To Henrietta Reubell    
February 29    To Alice James     
February 29    To Theodore E. Child    
March 3    To William James    
March 6    To Thomas Sergeant Perry    
March 8    To Theodore E. Child    
March 9    To Florence Wilkinson Mathews    
March 9    To Mary Morton Hartpence Sands    
March 10    To Benjamin Holt Ticknor    
March 14    To Edwin Austin Abbey and Alfred Parsons    
March 18    To George Du Maurier    
March 19    To Thomas Bailey Aldrich    
March 19    To Theodore E. Child    
March 21    To Charles Scribner’s Sons    
March 22    To William James    
March 26    To William James    
March <b>29</b>; <i>misdated</i> 20    To Alice James    
March 29    To Sir Charles Archer Cook    
March 29, 31    To Grace Norton    
April 5    To Jane Dalzell Finlay Hill    
April 14    To Archibald Philip Primrose, Lord Rosebery    
April 16    To Thomas Bailey Aldrich    
April 16    To Lawrence Barrett    
April 16    To Charles Scribner’s Sons    
April 16    To Mary and Louisa Lawrence    
April 16    To Benjamin Holt Ticknor    
April 21    To William James    
April 21    To Louisa Lawrence    
April 21    To J. Cotter Morison    
May 2    To Katharine de Kay Bronson    
May 2    To Isabella Stewart Gardner    
May 3    To Alice James     
May 4    To Lady Elizabeth Eberstadt Lewis    
May 6, 7    To Grace Norton    
May 7    To James Bryce     
May 7    To John Milton Hay    
May 12    To Eveleen Tennant Myers    
May 13    To Edmund Gosse    
May 15    To Houghton, Mifflin and Company    
May 16    To Eveleen Tennant Myers    
May 20    To Eleanor Mary Sellar    
May 22    To Thomas Sergeant Perry    
May 23    To Alice Howe Gibbens James    
May 23    To Benjamin Holt Ticknor    
May 26    To William James    
May 28    To James Russell Lowell    
<b>June 2</b>    To Elizabeth Boott    
June 3    To Charles Eliot Norton    
June 5    To Edmund Gosse    
<b>June 5</b>    To John Milton Hay    
June 6    To James Payn     
June 9    To Edmund Gosse    
June 10    To Lady Louisa Erskine Wolseley    
June 12    To George Washburn Smalley    
June 17    To Edwin Lawrence Godkin    
June 17    To Benjamin Holt Ticknor    
June 19    To Alphonse Daudet    
June 19    To George Du Maurier    
June 21    To Isabella Stewart Gardner    
June 24    To Edmund Gosse    
June 25    To Sir William Henry Gregory    
July 1    To Charles Eliot Norton    
July 3    To William Jones Hoppin    
July 5    To Jessie Percy Butler Duncan Phipps
July 5    To Benjamin Holt Ticknor    
July 12    To Edwin Austin Abbey    
July 14    To Sir Edward Bruce Hamley    
July 14    To Thomas Wemyss Reid    
July 15    To Lady Elizabeth Eberstadt Lewis    
<b>July 16 or 23</b>    To Isabella Stewart Gardner    
July 18    To Lawrence Barrett    
July 18    To Edmund Gosse    
July 24    To Lady Louisa Erskine Wolseley    
July 26    To Lady Louisa Erskine Wolseley    
July 31    To Edgar Fawcett    
July 31    To Richard Watson Gilder    
July 31    To William Dean Howells    
July 31    To Violet Paget    
July 31    To Olivia Brown Walsh    
August 1    To Francis Boott    
August 2    To Grace Norton    
August 5    To Sir    
August 15    To James Ripley Osgood    
August 21    To Elizabeth Mary Rose-Innes Santley    
August 21    To Lady Louisa Erskine Wolseley    
August 26    To Frederick Macmillan    
September 3    To Lady Louisa Erskine Wolseley    
September 4    To Edmund Gosse    
September 15    To Madam    
September 16    To George Du Maurier    
September 16    To Henrietta Reubell    
September 16    To Lady Louisa Erskine Wolseley    
September 18    To Edmund Gosse    
September 26    To Thomas Sergeant Perry    
September 26    To Archibald Philip Primrose, Lord Rosebery    
<b>September 26 to November 14</b>    To Lady Louisa Erskine Wolseley    
September 28    To Benjamin Holt Ticknor    
October 2, 5    To Katharine Sands Godkin    
October 2    To Marcus Bourne Huish    
October 2    To Louisa Putnam Loring    
October 5    To William James    
October 9    To James Russell Lowell    
October 21    To Violet Paget    
October 31    To William James    
November 1    To Henrietta Reubell    
November 3    To Grace Norton    
November 6    To Lady Louisa Erskine Wolseley    
November 9    To Benjamin Holt Ticknor    

Biographical Register    
General Editors’ Note    
Works Cited    

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