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James, Henry - Complete Stories 1892–1898


Henry James

Complete Stories 1892–1898

 
"An unexpected strain of recklessness, abandon and apprehension runs under the staid expanse of James's prose, providing the sort of thrilling tensions and dangers-beyond taste, beyond vanity-that we find completely necessary and satisfying about the most thoughtful, the most provocatively human works of literature."
—The Commercial Appeal
 
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This volume, one of five collecting the complete stories of Henry James, presents in the approximate chronological order of their completion 21 stories that were first published between 1892 and 1898. James worked on many ideas for stories during this time, usually finishing them only when he was certain that they would be published in periodicals. He considered periodical publication as an intermediate step in the composition of his stories and always revised them for book publication, making changes in wording as well as eliminating commas introduced by periodical editors; he consistently requested that publishers follow his lighter use of commas and that American publishers retain his British spellings. During this period James was living in England, and when his stories were to be published in both American and English book editions, his practice was to correct and revise the proofs of only one publisher and to have corrected proofs sent to the other publisher. He did not read the subsequent proofs for the other edition.

Collations show that the editions for which James corrected and revised proofs follow his wishes, both in punctuation and in wording, more closely than the other editions. James read proofs for the American typesetting of The Real Thing and Other Tales, which was published from this setting in both the United States and England in 1893. He read proofs of the English settings for The Private Life, The Wheel of Time, Lord Beauprıı, The Visits, Collaboration, Owen Wingrave (1893; published in the United States as two separate collections: The Private Life, Lord Beauprıı, The Visits and The Wheel of Time, Collaboration, Owen Wingrave); Terminations (1895); Embarrassments (1896); The Two Magics (1898); and In the Cage (1898).

The following list gives the sources of the stories included in this volume and the dates of their first periodical and first American and English book publications. (James later included 15 of the stories in the 1907-9 New York Edition of his collected works.)

"Nona Vincent" (English Illustrated Magazine, February-March, 1892) and "The Real Thing" (Black and White, April 16, 1892) appeared in The Real Thing and Other Tales, published in New York and London by Macmillan and Co. in March 1893. The texts printed in this volume are from the Macmillan edition.

"The Private Life" (Atlantic Monthly, April 1892), "Lord Beauprıı" (published as "Lord Beauprey," Macmillan's Magazine, April-June 1892), and "The Visits" (published as "The Visit," Black and White, May 28, 1892) appeared in The Private Life, The Wheel of Time, Lord Beauprıı, The Visits, Collaboration, Owen Wingrave, published in London by James R. Osgood, McIlvaine & Co. in June 1893 and in The Private Life, Lord Beauprıı, The Visits, published in New York by Harper and Brothers in August 1893. The texts printed in this volume are from the Osgood edition.

"Sir Dominick Ferrand" (published as "Jersey Villas," Cosmopolitan Magazine, July-August 1892) and "Greville Fane" (Illustrated London News, September 17 and 24, 1892) appeared in The Real Thing and Other Tales, published in New York and London by Macmillan and Co. in March 1893. The texts printed in this volume are from the Macmillan edition.

"Collaboration" (English Illustrated Magazine, September 1892), "Owen Wingrave" (The Graphic, an Illustrated Weekly Newspaper, November 28, 1892), and "The Wheel of Time" (Cosmopolitan Magazine, December 1892-January 1893) appeared in The Private Life, The Wheel of Time, Lord Beauprıı, The Visits, Collaboration, Owen Wingrave, published in London by James R. Osgood, McIlvaine & Co. in June 1893, and in The Wheel of Time, Collaboration, Owen Wingrave, published in New York by Harper and Brothers in September 1893. The texts printed in this volume are from the Osgood edition.

"The Middle Years" (Scribner's Magazine, May 1893), "The Death of the Lion" (Yellow Book, April 1894), and "The Coxon Fund" (Yellow Book, July 1894) appeared in Terminations, published in London by William Heinemann in May 1895 and in New York by Harper and Brothers in June 1895. "The Altar of the Dead" was published for the first time in Terminations. The texts printed in this volume are from the Heinemann edition.

"The Next Time" (Yellow Book, July 1895), "Glasses" (Atlantic Monthly, February 1896), "The Figure in the Carpet" (Cosmopolis, January-February 1896), and "The Way It Came" (Chapbook, May 1, 1896, and Chapman's Magazine of Fiction, May 1896) appeared in Embarrassments, published in London by William Heinemann and in New York by the Macmillan Company in June 1896. The texts printed in this volume are from the Heinemann edition.

"The Turn of the Screw" (Collier's Weekly, January 27-April 16, 1898) appeared in The Two Magics, published in London by William Heinemann and in New York by the Macmillan Company in October 1898. "Covering End" was published for the first time in The Two Magics. The texts printed in this volume are from the Heinemann edition.

"In the Cage" appeared for the first time in In the Cage, published in London by Duckworth & Co. in August 1898 and in Chicago and New York by Herbert S. Stone & Co. in September 1898. The text printed in this volume is from the Duckworth edition.

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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