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The Reverberator


  • 2 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 392 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.7 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9781107002708)

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.

• Provides and authoritative edition of one of Henry James' novels often overlooked by modern critics • Offers a comprehensive textual apparatus including extensive annotations, chronology and introduction to the text • The text is based on the first publication of the book by MacMillan in 1888


List of illustrations; Acknowledgments; Abbreviations; General editors' preface; General chronology of James' life and writings; Introduction; Textual introduction; Chronology; Bibliography; The Reverberator; Glossary of foreign words and phrases; Notes; 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.

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