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The American Scene


  • Publication planned for: September 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from September 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108471176

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  • Henry James left America in 1875 for the sake of his art and for the rich cultural heritage of Europe. His return in the late summer of 1904, based on both romantic and practical motives, allowed him to revisit the now-transformed cities of his youth as well as to experience for the first time the country's southern states. The American Scene is a major work from James' final, most adventurous creative phase and offers a cultural and social critique of contemporary American society as well as a personal series of 'gathered impressions', a form of indirect yet sometimes intimate autobiography. This new edition includes detailed explanatory notes, a general introduction, a chronology, an itinerary of James' journey, a record of textual variants and rare manuscript material, appendices which include the journal James kept, texts for the two lectures he gave, and two additional essays written on his return to England.

    • Provides a reliable text of The American Scene as well as appended information on earlier published versions and manuscript material, demonstrating how the text developed, what choices James made and how the material was revised
    • Informative notes based on original research will aid the reader in understanding historical and cultural references, and to appreciate key areas of ongoing critical interest within a complex text
    • Relates emerging themes and ideas to other works by Henry James, allowing the reader to contextualise and understand James' development
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: September 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108471176
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from September 2019
  • Table of Contents

    A note on this edition
    Chronology: Henry James' life and writings
    James' American itinerary
    List of abbreviations
    Editor's introduction
    The American Scene
    Glossary of foreign words and phrases
    Notes on textual variants
    Select bibliography

  • Author

    Henry James


    Peter Collister
    Peter Collister is the author of the award-winning two volumes of The Complete Writings of Henry James on Art and Drama (Cambridge, 2016). He has also edited James's autobiographical writings in A Small Boy and Others (2011) and 'Notes of a Son and Brother' and 'The Middle Years' (2011) and is the author of Writing the Self: Henry James and America (2007). He has also published numerous essays on English and French writers in British, European and American journals.

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