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The Princess Casamassima

The Princess Casamassima

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

  • Publication planned for: December 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107011434


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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. Published in three volumes in 1886, The Princess Casamassima follows Hyacinth Robinson, a young London craftsman who carries the stigma of his illegitimate birth, and his French mother's murder of his patrician English father. Deeply impressed by the poverty around him, he is driven to association with political dissidents and anarchists including the charismatic Princess Casamassima – who embodies the problems of personal and political loyalty by which Hyacinth is progressively torn apart. This edition is the first to provide a full account of the context in which the book was composed and received. Extensive explanatory notes enable modern readers to understand its nuanced historical, cultural and literary references, and its complex textual history.

    • The first scholarly edition of this major nineteenth-century work, explains the significance of the novel's composition and first reception in the context of the time, 1885–6
    • Extensive record of textual variants enables readers to trace the compositional process from manuscript to revisions for the New York Edition (1908–9)
    • Substantial explanatory notes assist the understanding of historical, cultural and literary references unfamiliar to the modern reader
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: December 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107011434
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2019
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of abbreviations
    General editors' preface
    General chronology of James's life and writings
    Textual introduction
    Chronology of composition and production
    The Princess Casamassima
    Glossary of foreign words and phrases
    Textual variants
    Appendix: preface to the New York Edition.

  • Author

    Henry James


    Adrian Poole, University of Cambridge
    Adrian Poole is Emeritus Professor of English Literature and a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. He has written extensively on nineteenth-century novelists including Dickens, Eliot, Hardy, Stevenson and James. He is one of the General Editors of the Complete Fiction of Henry James. His books include Henry James (1991), Shakespeare and the Victorians (2003), and (as editor) The Cambridge Companion to English Novelists (Cambridge, 2009).

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