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James, Henry - Complete Stories 1884–1891


Henry James

Complete Stories 1884–1891

 
"In these...brilliant stories, we observe his growing understanding of what he would later call the mystery of art, grounded, as it must be, in an ever-deepening comprehension of the infinitely...challenging mysteries of human personality and interrelationship."
— Hudson Review
 
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This volume, one of five collecting the complete stories of Henry James, presents in the approximate order of their composition 17 stories that were first published between 1884 and 1891. All of these stories were published in periodicals and later collected, with revisions, in book form. For all but three of the stories, the first English and American book versions were published by the same firm, Macmillan and Company, from the same typesetting. In the cases of "Georgina's Reasons," "A New England Winter," and "The Path of Duty," James had different publishers in England and America, with resulting variation between the English and American versions of the stories; James was living in England at the time, and the English book printings contain James' latest authorial revisions. The texts printed in this volume are taken from their first English book editions.

The following list gives the first periodical, first American, and first English book publications of the stories included in this volume. (James later included II of the stories in the 1907-9 New York Edition of his collected works: "Louisa Pallant," "The Liar," "The Aspern Papers," "A London Life," "The Lesson of the Master," "The Patagonia," "The Pupil," "Brooksmith," "The Marriages," "The Chaperon," and "Sir Edmund Orme.")

"Georgina's Reasons." New York Sun, July 20 and 27, August 3, 1884. Collected in The Author of Beltraffio (Boston: James R. Osgood, 1885) and in Stories Revived (London: Macmillan, 1885).

"A New England Winter." Century Magazine, August-September 1884. Collected in Tales of Three Cities (Boston: James R. Osgood, 1884), and in Tales of Three Cities (London: Macmillan, 1884).

"The Path of Duty." English Illustrated Magazine, December 1884. Collected in The Author of Beltraffio (Boston: James R. Osgood, 1885) and in Stories Revived (London: Macmillan, 1885).

"Mrs. Temperly." Harper's Weekly, August 6, 13, and 20, 1887, with the title "Cousin Maria." Collected in A London Life, The Patagonia, The Liar, Mrs. Temperly (London and New York: Macmillan, 1889).

"Louisa Pallant." Harper's New Monthly, February 1888. Collected in The Aspern Papers, Louisa Pallant, The Modern Warning (London and New York: Macmillan, 1888).

"The Aspern Papers." Atlantic Monthly, March-May 1888. Collected in The Aspern Papers, Louisa Pallant, The Modern Warning (London and New York: Macmillan, 1888).

"The Liar." Century Magazine, May-June 1888. Collected in A London Life, The Patagonia, The Liar, Mrs. Temperly (London and New York: Macmillan, 1889).

"The Modern Warning." Harper's New Monthly, June 1888, with the title "Two Countries." Collected in The Aspern Papers, Louisa Pallant, The Modern Warning (London and New York: Macmillan, 1888).

"A London Life." Scribner's Magazine, June, July-September 1888. Collected in A London Life, The Patagonia, The Liar, Mrs. Temperly (London and New York: Macmillan, 1889).

"The Lesson of the Master." Universal Review, July-August 1888. Collected in The Lesson of the Master (London and New York: Macmillan, 1892).

"The Patagonia." English Illustrated Magazine, August-September 1888. Collected in A London Life, The Patagonia, The Liar, Mrs. Temperly (London and New York: Macmillan, 1889).

"The Solution." New Review, February 1889. Collected in The Lesson of the Master (London and New York: Macmillan, 1892).

"The Pupil." Longman's Magazine, March-April 1891. Collected in The Lesson of the Master (London and New York: Macmillan, 1892).

"Brooksmith." Harper's Weekly, May 2, 1891, and Black and White, May 2, 1891. Collected in The Lesson of the Master (London and New York: Macmillan, 1892).

"The Marriages." Atlantic Monthly, August 1891. Collected in The Lesson of the Master (London and New York: Macmillan, 1892).

"The Chaperon." Atlantic Monthly, November-December 1891. Collected in The Real Thing and Other Tales (London and New York: Macmillan, 1893).

"Sir Edmund Orme." Black and White, November 25, 1891. Collected in The Lesson of the Master (London and New York: Macmillan, 1892).

This volume presents the texts of the printings chosen for inclusion here but does not attempt to reproduce features of their typographic design. Spelling, punctuation, and capitalization often are expressive features, and they are not altered, even when inconsistent or irregular.

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