Review of Henry James, The Europeans
Oxford University Press
Review of English Studies
Ever since the mid twentieth century, an array of competing editions of James’s fourth novel has offered readers a choice of formats and price points. Today one can select from a variety of softbound, hardbound, and electronic editions, ranging from the Library of America’s Henry James: Novels 1871-1880 on the high end, to the affordable excellence of the Penguin Classics and Oxford World’s Classics, to digital texts professionally produced for e-readers. Add to these a plethora of print-on-demand versions and a host of online public-domain reprints from Project Gutenberg, Google, Internet Archive, and others, and the question arises: why a new edition of this novel, let alone a collected edition of all of James’s fiction?