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The uncollected Henry James : newly discovered stories
James, Henry, 1843-1916.
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First Carroll and Graf edition.
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New York : Carroll & Graf Publishers, [2004]

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xv, 319 pages ; 24 cm
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More than two decades of research, study, and literary detection lie behind this treasury of stories by one of the undisputed giants in the field of American fiction, as Professor Floyd Horowitz here offers a collection of tales that he himself has authenticated to be the work of the prodigiously gifted Henry James. The author of such celebrated novels as The Portrait of a Lady, The Golden Bowl, The Wings of the Dove, and The Ambassadors, James is also justly remembered for his novellas and scores of short stories. And there may indeed be scores more, as this important volume shows. Published anonymously or under noms de plume in magazines like nineteenth-century New York's favorite The Knickerbocker, Frank Leslie's Lady's Magazine, The National Magazine, and The Continental, a Civil War propaganda magazine, these previously uncollected pieces represent both apprentice work and early stories that already bear the mark of Jamesian artistry. Written in a period of more than ten years before James's first signed fiction appeared (in 1865) and readily accepted by the publishers and editors among his father's excellent connections, these uncovered stories add significantly to the James canon.

Author Notes

Henry James, American novelist and literary critic, was born in 1843 in New York City. Psychologist-philosopher William James was his brother. By the age of 18, he had lived in France, England, Switzerland, Germany, and New England. In 1876, he moved to London, having decided to live abroad permanently.

James was a prolific writer; his writings include 22 novels, 113 tales, 15 plays, approximately 10 books of criticism, and 7 travel books. His best-known works include Daisy Miller, The Turn of the Screw, The Portrait of a Lady, The Ambassadors, and The American Scene. His works of fiction are elegant and articulate looks at Victorian society; while primarily set in genteel society, James subtlely explores class issues, sexual repression, and psychological distress.

Henry James died in 1916 in London. The James Memorial Stone in Poet's Corner, Westminster Abbey, commemorates him.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Lovers ofames' incomparable fiction will be elated to learn that new works have been unearthed by scholar Horowitz, although the master himself would be annoyed, given the pains he took to erase every trace of these early short stories. But how could Horowitz resist? Once he became convinced that The Story of a Year, the earliest signed short story by the then-22-year-oldames, was too sophisticated to be a true first, he began subjecting a host of anonymous and pseudonymous stories to painstaking scrutiny. After two decades of work, he has unmasked two-dozen beginner stories, including A Pair of Slippers, which was published in 1852, when the author was all of 10. So here are clever and romantic tales of courtship, the Civil War, ambition, charity, and deceit, most concerned with women's lives and each informatively introduced--the proving grounds for a precocious and intent young literary genius who grew ever more confident, blossoming with particular flair in Breach of Promise of Marriage, which was signed Mademoiselle Caprice. Amazing. --Donna Seaman Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

After subjecting thousands of anonymous stories from mid-19th-century publications to elaborate scrutiny, former English professor Horowitz has selected 25 tales for inclusion in this volume of purported early fiction by Henry James. Horowitz's methods involve close reading and computer analysis, which he claims permit him to detect patterns of word use, as well as references to certain sources from James's father's library, particularly the mystical religious thinker Emanuel Swedenborg. The earliest of the stories, an exotic morality tale titled "The Glass Slipper," dates from 1852, when James was 10 years old (Horowitz argues that such precocious publication was not uncommon at the time); the rest mostly span the decade between 1858 and 1868. On the surface, at least, a number of the stories are reminiscent of James in their deliberate take on matters of the heart, but most are also clearly shaped by the conventions of the day and are mired in a sentimentalism far from James's characteristic detachment. "A Cure for Coquettes" describes the transformation of the belle of an Indiana frontier family after a soldier rescues her from a pack of wild wolves; in "Breach of Promise of Marriage," another coquette gets a taste of her own medicine when she goes to visit friends in the country. Several Civil War stories are included, with the most fully realized being "My Lost Darling," which describes a woman's agonizing effort to track down her wounded brother in a military hospital. There is little chance Horowitz's claims will ever be corroborated, but he clearly knows and loves James's work, and readers willing to approach the volume in the spirit of a clever parlor game will enjoy matching wits with its editor. (Mar.) Forecast: Readers misled by the title and subtitle of Horowitz's collection may be disappointed to discover that the stories are not confirmed new additions to the James oeuvre. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Choice Review

Horowitz reprints 24 stories published anonymously or pseudonymously between 1852 and 1869 (in such magazines as the Newport Knickerbocker, Mercury, and Peterson's), identifying them as hitherto unrecognized apprentice work by the very youthful Henry James Jr., as stories that reveal ideas and linguistic structures that would later appear in James's signed stories and novels. In support of these attributions, Horowitz includes an appendix detailing his computer analysis of verbal "frequencies" and a "sequence of words--the string," which matches usages in selected anonymously published stories with those in stories known to be by James. A second appendix describes word games based on Charles Anthon's Latin primer and Liddell and Scott's Greek-English Lexicon, resources that Horowitz believes guided some of James's early composition. It may be that the young Henry James published some of his early fiction anonymously, perhaps taking advantage of his father's connections in the literary world, but the stories Horowitz presents here are banal, stylistically uninteresting, and conventionally sentimental. If they are James's work, he did well to leave them unacknowledged. ^BSumming Up: Optional. Comprehensive graduate and research collections. J. J. Benardete New School University

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Forewordp. ix
Notep. xv
1852 The Pair of Slippers - National Magazinep. 1
1858 Woman's Influence; or, Incidents of a Courtship - Newport Mercuryp. 6
1859 The Rainy Day - Newport Mercuryp. 21
1859 The Village Belle - Newport Mercuryp. 30
1859 The Sacrifice - Newport Mercuryp. 35
1860 The Rose-Colored Silk - Newport Mercuryp. 41
1861 A Winter Story - Newport Mercuryp. 47
1861 Sober Second Thought - Newport Mercuryp. 54
1861 Alone - Newport Mercuryp. 62
1861 The Death of Colonel Thoureau - Knickerbockerp. 73
1862 The Story of a Ribbon Bow - Arthur's Home Magazinep. 95
1862 A Summer Adventure - Knickerbockerp. 104
1862 My Guardian and I - Knickerbockerp. 115
1862 Breach of Promise of Marriage - Peterson's Magazinep. 122
1863 A Sealed Tear - Knickerbockerp. 143
1863 'I;' or, Summer in the City - Continental Monthlyp. 150
1863 The Sprite Transformed - Knickerbockerp. 165
1863 The Blue Handkerchief - Continental Monthlyp. 186
1863 A Cure for Coquettes - Arthur's Home Magazinep. 192
1863 My Lost Darling - Continental Monthlyp. 202
1865 One Evening's Work - Peterson's Magazinep. 217
1866 Unto the Least of These - Arthur's Home Magazinep. 238
1868 In a Circus - Frank Leslie's Lady's Magazinep. 253
1869 A Hasty Marriage - Peterson's Magazinep. 272
Afterwordp. 295
Selective Bibliographyp. 297
Appendix A The Computer and the Search for Henry Jamesp. 299
Appendix B Allusion as Proof in the Search for Henry Jamesp. 308