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  • September 1978
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-09091-8
  • 512 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

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Henry James (Author), James W. Tuttleton (Editor, New York University)

 

The text reprinted in this volume is based on an examination of the five printed versions of The American (first published in 1877) which appeared in James's lifetime, and it is preceded by his "Preface to the New York Edition" (1907).

The textual history of the novel is traced in A Note on the Text; a list of substantive variants and emendations; a facsimile manuscript page showing James's method of revision; and a list of the installments of the novel as they appeared in The Atlantic.

"Backgrounds and Sources" includes relevant extracts from correspondence, reviews, and articles by James and others, and from his Notebooks and Hawthorne.

"Contemporary Reception" of the novel is illustrated by twenty-one American and English reviews.

"Twentieth-Century Criticism" is represented in essays by Leon Edel, Oscar Cargill, Irving Howe, Richard Poirier, Royal A. Gettmann, and James W. Tuttleton.

A Selected Bibliography is included for further study.

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    Preface

    The Text of The American

    1. Preface to the New York Edition (1907)
    2. The American
    3. A Note on the Text
    4. Textual Variants
    5. Editor’s Emendations
    6. Installments of The American Appearing in The Atlantic Monthly
    7. Page of The American (original version), as revised by Henry James (1906)

    Backgrounds and Sources

    1. Henry James to Mrs. Henry James, Sr., October 13, 1869
    2. Henry James to Charles Eliot Norton, January 16, 1871
    3. Henry James to Grace Norton, January 14, 1874
    4. Henry James, Review of A Foregone Conclusion
    5. Henry James to F. P. Church, December 1, 1875
    6. Henry James, From Parisian Sketches
    7. Henry James to William Dean Howells, February 3, 1876
    8. Henry James to F. P. Church, February 4, 1876
    9. William Dean Howells to F. P. Church, February 29, 1876
    10. Henry James to F. P. Church, March 3, 1876
    11. William Dean Howells to F. P. Church, March 5, 1876
    12. Henry James to William Dean Howells, May 28, 1876
    13. Henry James to William James, July 4, 1876
    14. William James to Henry James, July 5, 1876
    15. Henry James to William James, July 29, 1876
    16. Henry James to William Dean Howells, October 24, 1876
    17. Henry James to William Dean Howells, December 18, 1876
    18. Henry James to Mrs. Henry James, Sr., December 24, 1876
    19. Henry James to James Ripley Osgood, January 1, 1877
    20. Henry James to Mrs. Henry James, Sr., January 31, 1877
    21. Henry James to William Dean Howells, February 2, 1877
    22. Henry James to William Dean Howells, March 30, 1877
    23. Henry James to Thomas Sergeant Perry, June 25, 1877
    24. Henry James to William James, June 28, 1877
    25. Henry James o Thomas Sergeant Perry, March 22, 1878
    26. Frederick Sheldon, The American Colony in France
    27. Henry James to William James, May 1, 1878
    28. Henry James to William Dean Howells, July 14 (15?), 1879
    29. Henry James, American Abroad
    30. Henry James, From Hawthorne
    31. Henry James to William Dean Howells, January 31, 1880
    32. Henry James, From His Notebooks
    33. Henry James to Alice James, June 6, 1890
    34. Henry James to Edmund Gosse, January 3, 1891
    35. Henry James to Mrs. Hugh Bell, January 8, 1891
    36. Henry James to Robert Louis Stevenson, January 12, 1891
    37. Henry James to William James, February 6, 1891
    38. Henry James to Robert Louis Stevenson, February 18, 1891
    39. Henry James to Robert Herrick, August 7, 1907
    40. Henry James to Mrs. G. W. Prothero, September 14, 1913

    Criticism

    Contemporary Reception

    1. American Reviews
      1. From The Nation, January 11, 1877
      2. From The Atlantic Monthly, March 1877
      3. From The Independent, May 1877
      4. From The Nation, May 31, 1877
      5. From The Atlantic Monthly, July 1877
      6. From The Galaxy, July 1877
      7. From Scribner’s, July 1877
      8. From Appleton’s Journal, August 1877
      9. From The Eclectic, August 1877
      10. From The Library Table, August 30, 1877
      11. From The North American Review, September 1877
      12. From The Catholic World, December 1878
    2. English Reviews
      1. From The Athenaeum, July 7, 1877
      2. From The Academy, July 14, 1877
      3. From The Spectator, July 21 1877
      4. From The Saturday Review, August 18, 1877
      5. From The Graphic, September 8, 1877
      6. From The Academy, May 10, 1879
      7. From The British Quarterly Review, July 1879
      8. From The Westminister Review, January 1880

    Twentieth-Century Criticism

    1. Leon Edel, [A Portrait Rich in National Ambiguities]
    2. Oscar Cargill, [A Surge of Patriotic Indignation]
    3. Irving Howe, Henry James and the Millionaire
    4. James W. Tuttleton, Henry James: The Superstitious Valuation of Europe
    5. Richard Poirier, [The Comedy of Fixed and Free Characters]
    6. Royal A. Gettmann, Henry James’s Revision of The American
    7. Leon Edel, [The Revised Ending of the Play]

    Selected Bibliography