The Reverberator (The Cambridge Edition of the Complete Fiction of Henry James)

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Henry James
Cambridge University Press, 8/9/2018
EAN 9781107002708, ISBN10: 1107002702

Hardcover, 392 pages, 23.5 x 15.9 x 2.5 cm
Language: English

Often overlooked by modern critics, The Reverberator was a departure from Henry James' immediately preceding novels, The Bostonians and The Princess Casamassima, returning to the popular 'international theme' of his earlier fiction. Its comedy of manners explores the conflicting values of American and Europeanized characters in the context of topical cultural concerns. Most notably, in its satire on popular journalism and an emerging mass-media through the scandal sheet 'The Reverberator', the novel dramatizes what James presciently saw as the 'devouring publicity' of modern life. This edition, based on the most reliable of the work's first book appearances (Macmillan, 1888), provides a thorough account of the novel's sources and composition, literary and historical contexts, and extensive revision for the New York Edition (1908), as well as extensive annotation. It will be of interest to James scholars, students of nineteenth-century Anglo-American literature and culture, and historians of journalism and new media.

List of illustrations
General editors' preface
General chronology of James' life and writings
Textual introduction
The Reverberator
Glossary of foreign words and phrases
Textual variants 1
Textual variants 2
List of emendations
Appendix A. Sources from the world [New York]
Appendix B. Extract from James' notebooks
Appendix C. Preface to New York edition.