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The Complete Letters of Henry James, 1872-1876, The Complete Letters of Henry James, 1872-1876, 0803222254, 0-8032-2225-4, 978-0-8032-2225-0, 9780803222250, Henry James Edited by Pierre A. Walker and Greg W. Zacharias Introduction by Millicent Bell , The Complete Letters of Henry James, The Complete Letters of Henry James, 1872-1876, 0803275498, 0-8032-7549-8, 978-0-8032-7549-2, 9780803275492, Henry James Edited by Pierre A. Walker and Greg W. Zacharias Introduction by Millicent Bell , The Comple

The Complete Letters of Henry James, 1872-1876
Volume 1
Henry James
Edited by Pierre A. Walker and Greg W. Zacharias
Introduction by Millicent Bell

2009. 486 pp.
5 images
$125.00 s

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

The Complete Letters of Henry James fills a crucial gap in modern literary studies by presenting in a scholarly edition the complete letters of one of the great novelists and letter writers of the English language. Comprising more than ten thousand letters reflecting on a remarkably wide range of topics—from James’s own life and literary projects to broader questions on art, literature, and criticism—this edition is an indispensable resource for students of James and of American and English literature, culture, and criticism as well as for research libraries throughout North America and Europe and for scholars who specialize in James, the European novel, and modern literature. This volume is the first of three to include James's letters from 1872 to 1876.

Henry James (1843–1916) wrote short stories, plays, literary criticism, 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. American born, he spent considerable time in England and eventually became a British subject. When he died he left behind more than ten thousand letters.

Pierre A. Walker is a professor of English at Salem State College. 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 and the founder and director of the Center for Henry James Studies at Creighton University. He is the author of Henry James and the Morality of Fiction and editor of A Companion to Henry James.

Praise for The Complete Letters of Henry James, 1855–1872, volumes 1 and 2:
“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. The sooner the next 138 or so volumes appear, the better.”—Peter Kemp, Sunday Times (London)
“The volumes are beautiful, solidly put together, with big type, wide margins, and copious annotations.”—Edmund V. White, New York Review of Books
“These extraordinary, profoundly welcome volumes are the first fruits of an epic undertaking by two heroic American scholars, Pierre Walker and Greg Zacharias. . . . These early volumes give a wonderfully pleasurable picture of a writer at the beginning of his journey, enduring setbacks and barren spells, but already showing the impressive resilience, wisdom and wit that were the foundations of his astonishing career.”—Philip Horne, Daily Telegraph
“Excellently annotated. . . . This rich undertaking will reward historians, biographers, and literary critics.”—Choice
“Some of the letters from Italy are small masterpieces of description; they are alert and sensitive and full of astute judgments. Sometimes, too, James is funny, irreverent and outspoken.”—Colm Tóibín, London Review of Books
“Handsomely produced and extensively and intelligently annotated.”—Peter Brooks, Bookforum
“Luxuriously spacious design. . . . 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, Guardian

"For a snapshot of 19th-century Europe—and a sampling of a great novelist's young mind—there is perhaps nothing better than the latest, meticulously edited volume of The Complete Letters of Henry James."—Alexander Theroux, Wall Street Journal

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