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The Europeans

Part of The Cambridge Edition of the Complete Fiction of Henry James

  • Date Published: September 2015
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107004030


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  • The Cambridge Edition of the Complete Fiction of Henry James provides, for the first time, a scholarly edition of a major writer whose work continues to be read, quoted, adapted and studied. James's The Europeans gently satirizes both early nineteenth-century New England society and the sophisticated visiting Europeans who encounter it. While this wryly comic novel has had its critical champions - F. R. Leavis and Richard Poirier among them - it has not previously received the scholarly attention it deserves. This edition, based on the work's first book appearance (Macmillan, 1878), reconstructs the novel's literary, cultural and historical contexts, provides extensive annotation, and gives a detailed textual history of the work, drawing on newly available James letters. It will be of interest to James scholars, book historians and students of nineteenth-century Anglo-American literature and culture, and will also re-introduce readers to the pleasures of Henry James's early style.

    • The first scholarly edition of a wryly comic novel addressing the complex relationship between people and ideas of the Old World and the New, a theme which would be key through James' career as a writer
    • Offers an authoritative text, traces the various versions of the work through James' lifetime, and situates the story within its literary, cultural and historical context partly through use of newly available James letters
    • One of the first volumes in the new Cambridge Edition of the Complete Fiction of Henry James, to be published in 34 volumes
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '[One of] two handsome volumes in their Cambridge maroon cloth covers with gilt stamping on the binding and James's familiar signature on the covers are crucial additions to the resources scholars will use for generations to study the greatest novelist of the modern period.' John Carlos Rowe, The Henry James Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107004030
    • length: 284 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    General editors' preface
    General chronology of James' life and writings
    Textual introduction
    Chronology of composition and production
    The Europeans
    Glossary of foreign words and phrases
    Textual variants
    List of emendations.

  • Author

    Henry James


    Susan M. Griffin, University of Louisville, Kentucky
    Susan M. Griffin is Professor of English and Distinguished University Scholar at the University of Louisville, Fulbright Senior Scholar, and Editor of the Henry James Review. She is co-editor with Willian Veeder of The Art of Criticism: Henry James on the Theory and the Practice of Fiction (1986), author of The Historical Eye: The Texture of the Visual in Late James (1991), editor of Henry James Goes to the Movies (2002) and All a Novelist Needs: Colm Tóibín on Henry James (2010), and co-editor with Alan Nadel of The Men Who Knew Too Much: Henry James and Alfred Hitchcock (2012).

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