This revised and expanded Norton Critical Edition of The Ambassadors
again includes the author's preface as well as the most significant
variants of the three earlier editions of the novel published in
The importance of these variants and the conditions under which the
novel was written and revised—conditions leading to the continuing
controversy over the order of the chapters—are discussed in the
editor's rewritten and updated essay on editions and revisions of The
As often as possible, the annotations to the text have been made by
referring to James's other writings.
A map of Strether's Paris and a virtually unknown photograph of James,
which originally appeared with the serial of The Ambassadors, have been
added to this Second Edition, and the original frontispieces to the New
York Edition of the novel have been reproduced in their proper sequence
for the first time.
"The Author on the Novel" contains James's notebook entries on the
inspiration for The Ambassadors as well as the long, remarkable
preliminary statement that the author drew up before writing his novel.
The selection of James's letters on The Ambassadors has also been
expanded for the Second Edition.
"Criticism" is comprised of fourteen essays that represent more than
seventy years of analysis of The Ambassadors, by H. M. Alden, Percy
Lubbock, E. M. Forster, F. O. Matthiessen, F. R. Leavis, Joseph Warren
Beach, Joan Bennett, Leon Edel, Ian Watt, Sallie Sears, Nicola
Bradbury, Maud Ellmann, Millicent Bell, and Philip Fisher.
A Chronology and an expanded Selected Bibliography are also included.
- February 1994
- 5.2 × 8.3 in
/ 543 pages
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