texts

The notebooks of Henry James / edited by F. O. Matthiessen and Kenneth B. Murdock. – New York ; London : Oxford University Press, 1947. – xxviii, 425 p. : facsim. ; 24 cm.

the first book publication of the notebooks’s contents; Matthiessen and Murdock reorder the entries chronologically and provide plenty of notes indicating James’s use of his materials and identifying (where possible with the state of scholarship in the immediate post-war years) individuals not fully named


The complete notebooks of Henry James / edited with introductions and notes by Leon Edel and Lyall H. Powers. – New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1987. – xxix, 633 p. : [8] p. of plates ; 24 cm. ISBN 0-19-503782-0

this edition revised and updated Matthiessen and Murdock’s work, ordering the content by notebook and adding James’s pocket-diaries and other ‘sundry’ material; the editors’ notes provide commensurably fuller factual background than the earlier edition too, given the intervening forty years’ research, but offer fewer interpretative comments


commentaries and discussions

‘On the use of James’s notebooks’ by Lyall H. Powers
in : A companion to Henry James studies / edited by Daniel Mark Fogel. – Westport, CT : Greenwood Press, 1993. – xxii, 545 p. ; 25 cm. ISBN 0-313-25792-2pages 338–355

a useful guide to the contents of the ‘second edition’ of the notebooks (see above), including some examples of the way James worked; it does not mention the lists of names, however!


other useful works

Who’s who in Henry James / Glenda Leeming. – London : Elm Tree Books, 1976. – viii, 120 p. ; 215 cm. ISBN 0-241-89425-5

a guide to all the characters in the novels and the five celebrated nouvelles, including the unnamed narrators, the dogs and one doll


A Henry James encyclopedia / Robert L. Gale. – Westport, CT ; London : Greenwood, 1989. – xxi, 791 p. ; 25 cm. ISBN 0-313-25846-5

the comprehensive reference guide, not just to the characters (mostly indexed by surname) but to the fiction and non-fiction in James’s output and to important (real) people in his life


The complete plays of Henry James / edited by Leon Edel. – Philadelphia : J. B. Lippincott, [1949]. – 846 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.

The complete plays of Henry James / edited by Leon Edel. – London : Hart-Davis, 1949. – 846 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.

The complete plays of Henry James / edited by Leon Edel. – [new ed.]. – New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1990. – 846 p. : ill. ; 25 cm. ISBN 0-19-504379-0

contents: Pyramus and Thisbe; Still waters; A change of heart; Daisy Miller; The American; Tenants; Disengaged; The album; The reprobate; Guy Domville; Summersoft; The high bid; The saloon; The other house; The outcry; Monologue for Ruth Draper

the introduction to The album (1891) briefly discusses why some of the characters’ names appear in a notebook name-list in late 1892