This critical and scholarly edition presents the complete letters of Henry James, one of the great novelists and letter writers of the English language. These two volumes include letters written between 1876 and 1878.
This critical and scholarly edition presents the complete letters of Henry James, one of the great novelists and letter writers of the English language. These volumes include James's letters from 1872 to 1876.
In this edition Mr. Edel, respecting James's view that only the best of a writer's letters deserve publication, skims the cream of the fifteen thousand letters collected or discovered, many by the biographer himself, since the novelist's death in 1916.
"Henry James, author of such classics of fiction as A Portrait of a Lady and The Wings of the Dove, remains one of America's greatest and most influential writers. This fully annotated selection from his eloquent correspondence allows the writer to reveal himself and the fascinating world in which he lived. James numbered among his correspondents the writers William Dean Howells, Henry Adams, Robert Louis Stevenson, H. G. Wells and Edith Wharton, as well as presidents and prime ministers, painters and great ladies, actresses and bishops. These letters provide a rich and fascinating source for James's views on his own works, on the literary craft, on sex, politics and friendship, and collectively constitute, in Philip Horne's own words, James's 'real and best biography'."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
This masterly selection allows us to observe the precocious adolescent, the twenty-six-year-old setting out for Europe, the perceptive traveler in Switzerland and Italy, and the man-about-London consorting with Leslie Stephen and William Morris, meeting Darwin and Rossetti, hearing Ruskin lecture, visiting George Eliot. The letters describe periods of stress as well as happiness, failure as well as success, loneliness as well as sociability. They portray in considerable psychological depth James's handling of his problems (particularly with his family), and they allow us to see him adjust his mask for each correspondent.
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London: Macmillan and co., 1920 (First English Edition)
Includes a quote from "The 'K.B.' Case and 'Mrs. Max'" and the short story “The Golden Dream: A Little Tale.”
Illustrations. Vol I: Frontispiece: Illustration of Henry James by John S. Sargent. Vol II: Frontispiece: 1912 Photograph of Henry James by E.O. Hoppe and Page of “The American” as revised by Henry James in 1906.
In this important volume, Michael Anesko documents the literary cross-fertilization between Henry James and William Dean Howells, collecting 151 letters, nearly all the extant correspondence between the two men, as well as the most significant critical commentary James wrote on Howells and Howells wrote on James.
Wm and H'ry: Literature, Love, and the Letters between William & Henry James
by J. C. Hallman
“J. C. Hallman, with wit and wisdom, maps the now flashing, now somber streams of thought coursing through the correspondence of the James brothers, two of the undisputed geniuses in American letters. . . . In Hallman’s able hands, Wmand H’ry come dazzlingly alive as well-seasoned guides through the depths and shoals of the writing life and of everyday living.”—Eric G. Wilson, author,My Business Is to Create: Blake’s Infinite WritingandEveryone Loves a Good Train Wreck: Why We Can’t Look Away
As his letters attest, for nearly forty years Henry James enjoyed a warm and gratifying friendship with Britain's foremost soldier of the last quarter of the nineteenth century and his wife. The Wolseleys were notable figures. Lord Wolseley, the field marshal who became Britain's commander in chief of the British army, was a national hero. Both a bibliophile and an author, Wolseley was described by Henry James to his brother William as an "excellent example of the cultivated British soldier." Lady Wolseley was also well-read, as well as stylish, strong-willed, and shrewd, and in Henry's view, a delightful correspondent; in short, as the editor writes, "precisely the kind of woman James most admired." In The Master, the Modern Major General, and His Clever Wife, Alan James offers a collection of more than one hundred letters—most of them published here for the first time—that Henry James wrote to the Wolseleys, the majority to Lady Wolseley.
Dearly Beloved Friends makes available an ample selection of James's personal and occasionally intimate letters -- many long withheld from publication -- to four men: the sculptor Hendrik Andersen, the dilettante Dudley Jocelyn Persse, and the writers Howard Sturgis and Sir Hugh Walpole. The letters reveal a warm and humorous man, far from the austere persona we usually associate with James. He clearly loved a number of those friends with a depth and eroticism previously noted but never so fully documented. Susan E. Gunter is Professor of English at Westminster College. Steven H. Jobe is Associate Professor of English at Hanover College.
Susan Gunter has selected and annotated 150 letters between James and four women in his social milieu: Alice Howe Gibbens James, wife of William James; Mary Cadwalader Jones, wife of Frederic Rhinelander Jones (New York socialite and Edith Wharton's brother); Mary Frances Prothero, wife of Cambridge academic Sir George Prothero; and Lady Louisa Wolseley, wife of Viscount Garnet Wolseley, commander-in-chief of the British Forces.
A collection of letters tracing Henry James's fascination with and enduring devotion to a young Norwegian-American artist. James was already fifty-six when, visiting Rome in 1899, he was introduced to the twenty-seven--year-old Hendrik Andersen. In an uncanny instance of life imitating art, Andersen bore an unmistakable resemblance to the title character of James's 1875 novel Roderick Hudson -- a figure who, like Andersen, was a young sculptor venturing into life as an expatriate in Italy. Although his initial meeting with Andersen was brief, James was deeply moved by the young man. He wrote to Andersen almost immediately after his return to his Sussex home, and remained a faithful correspondent until his own death in 1915.