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Henry James Books In Order

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Watch and Ward (1871)Description / Buy at Amazon
Roderick Hudson (1875)Description / Buy at Amazon
The American (1877)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Europeans (1878)Description / Buy at Amazon
Washington Square (1880)Description / Buy at Amazon
Confidence (1880)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Portrait of a Lady (1881)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bostonians (1886)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Princess Casamassima (1886)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Reverberator (1888)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Tragic Muse (1890)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Spoils of Poynton (1896)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Other House (1896)Description / Buy at Amazon
What Maisie Knew (1897)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Awkward Age (1899)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sacred Fount (1901)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wings of the Dove (1902)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ambassadors (1903)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Golden Bowl (1904)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Outcry (1911)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ivory Tower (1917)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sense of the Past (1917)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

My Friend Bingham (1867)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Romance of Certain Old Clothes (1868)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Story of a Masterpiece (1868)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Passionate Pilgrim (1871)Description / Buy at Amazon
At Isella (1871)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sweetheart of M. Briseux (1873)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Madonna of the Future (1873)Description / Buy at Amazon
Madame de Mauves (1874)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last of the Valerii (1874)Description / Buy at Amazon
Adina (1874)Description / Buy at Amazon
Osborne's Revenge (1874)Description / Buy at Amazon
Professor Fargo (1874)Description / Buy at Amazon
Eugene Pickering (1874)Description / Buy at Amazon
Benvolio (1875)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crawfords Consistency (1876)Description / Buy at Amazon
An International Episode (1876)Description / Buy at Amazon
Four Meetings (1877)Description / Buy at Amazon
Daisy Miller (1878)Description / Buy at Amazon
Longstaff's Marriage (1878)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Diary of a Man of Fifty (1879)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pension Beaurepas (1879)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Bundle of Letters (1879)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Point of View (1882)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pandora (1884)Description / Buy at Amazon
Georgina's Reasons (1884)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Path of Duty (1884)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Author of Beltraffio (1884)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lesson of the Master (1888)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Patagonia (1888)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Aspern Papers (1888)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pupil (1891)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sir Edmund Orme (1891)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Real Thing (1892)Description / Buy at Amazon
Greville Fane (1892)Description / Buy at Amazon
Owen Wingrave (1892)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sir Dominick Ferrand (1892)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Private Life (1892)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Death of the Lion (1894)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Coxon Fund (1894)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Altar of the Dead (1895)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Figure in the Carpet (1896)Description / Buy at Amazon
John Delavoy (1898)Description / Buy at Amazon
In the Cage (1898)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Turn of the Screw (1898)Description / Buy at Amazon
Paste (1899)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great Condition (1899)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maud-Evelyn (1900)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great Good Place (1900)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Third Person (1900)Description / Buy at Amazon
Broken Wings (1900)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Tone of Time (1900)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Beldonald Holbein (1901)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mrs. Medwin (1901)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Beast in the Jungle (1903)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Birthplace (1903)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Marriages (1908)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Jolly Corner (1908)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bench of Desolation (1909)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crapy Cornelia (1909)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Velvet Glove (1909)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Modern Warning / The Two Countries (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Selected Tales (1866)Description / Buy at Amazon
Complete Stories, 1864–1874 (1874)Description / Buy at Amazon
Complete Stories, 1874–1884 (1884)Description / Buy at Amazon
Complete Stories, 1884–1891 (1891)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ghost Stories of Henry James (1898)Description / Buy at Amazon
Complete Stories, 1892–1898 (1898)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Finer Grain (1910)Description / Buy at Amazon
Complete Stories, 1898–1910 (1910)Description / Buy at Amazon
Selected Poems of Henry James (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Plays

Pyramus and Thisbe (1869)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of' Memoirs Non-Fiction Books

A Small Boy and Others (1913)Description / Buy at Amazon
Notes of a Son and Brother (1914)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Middle Years (1917)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Novels of George Eliot (1866)Description / Buy at Amazon
How to Play Golf (1869)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Guest's Confession (1872)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Complete Letters of Henry James, 1855–1872: Volume 1 (1872)Description / Buy at Amazon
Parisian Sketches: Letters to the New York Tribune, 1875-1876 (1875)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Complete Letters of Henry James, 1872–1876: Volume 2 (1876)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Complete Letters of Henry James, 1872–1876: Volume 3 (1876)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Suburbs of London (1877)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hawthorne (1879)Description / Buy at Amazon
French Poets and Novelists (1883)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Letters of Henry James, Volume II (1883)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Little Tour in France (1884)Description / Buy at Amazon
Partial Portraits (1888)Description / Buy at Amazon
Terminations (1895)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Painter's Eye (1897)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Better Sort (1903)Description / Buy at Amazon
English Hours (1905)Description / Buy at Amazon
Traveling in Italy with Henry James (1907)Description / Buy at Amazon
Italian Hours (1909)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Art of the Novel (1909)Description / Buy at Amazon
Letters to Isabella Stewart Gardner (1914)Description / Buy at Amazon
Notes on Novelists with Some Other Notes by Henry James (1914)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Correspondence of Henry James and Henry Adams, 1877-1914 (1914)Description / Buy at Amazon
Selected Letters of Henry James to Edmund Gosse, 1882 1915 (1915)Description / Buy at Amazon
Henry James on Culture (1917)Description / Buy at Amazon
Letters to A.C. Benson and Auguste Monod (1930)Description / Buy at Amazon
William and Henry James: Selected Letters (1955)Description / Buy at Amazon
Selected Literary Criticism (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Collected Travel Writings (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The American Scene (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
On Provence (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Within the Rim and Other Essays (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Whole Family(1908)Description / Buy at Amazon
In After Days: Thoughts On The Future Life(1910)Description / Buy at Amazon
50 Great Short Stories(1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
Short Story Masterpieces: 35 Classic American and British Stories from the First Half of the 20th Century(1954)Description / Buy at Amazon
Points of View(1956)Description / Buy at Amazon
50 Great American Short Stories(1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories(1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Magical Realist Fiction(1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Oxford Book of American Short Stories(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Writing New York(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
H. P. Lovecraft's Book of the Supernatural(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
50 Classic Novellas(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Phantom Coach(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Short Stories Volume III: Chosen in 1914 by the Most Prominent Authors of the Day(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
That Glimpse of Truth(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Writers: Their Lives and Works(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
30 Occult & Supernatural Masterpieces You Have to Read Before You Die(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Terrifying Ghosts Short Stories(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Victorian Short Stories: Stories of Successful Marriages(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Henry James was an American writer who was the second child of Henry James, Sr. and Mary Walsh Robertson. His father Henry James Sr. was a son of an Irish immigrant who was very wealthy and to him education was the most important thing. Henry James was born on April 15, 1843, New York, U.S and died in London, England February 28, 1916. He had four siblings among them was the firstborn William James who was a psychologist and a pragmatist philosopher.

Henry James spent his childhood days living in New York before moving to abroad, where they were schooled by governesses and tutors who tutored them literature and languages. They traveled most of their years in Italy, England, Switzerland, Germany and France.

As a teenager, Henry James was a shy boy and addicted to reading books. He briefly enrolled to Harvard Law School at the age of 19 and by the time he was 20years he published his first story called A Tragedy of Error in 1864, it was about a wife who plotted to murder her husband but that resulted to the death of her secret lover.

Some of his other short stories and novels include The American (1877), The Europeans (1878), The Pension Beaurepas (1881) etc. In his mid-20s he was recognized as one of the most creative skillful short story writer in America. Henry James dedicated himself in writing book reviews, stories and articles for some years before he decided to attempt to write a novel.

His first novel was watch and ward (1871) which is about Roger Lawrence who decides to adopt 12year old Nora Lambert, after his father commits suicide in his hotel room. Roger adapts her since he feels remorse for refusing to give financial assistance to her father. Nora is not that pretty as a child but she grows up to be a beautiful lady. This is a generally touching story of lost love and unfulfilled lives, which is seen as you continue to read the ventures that Nora takes till she ends up in clutches. The novel was the start of Henry James success as a writer and went on till 28 February 1916 where he died of pneumonia after suffering from stroke a few months before his death. Henry James died as a bachelor and as a British citizen. He had lived in England for almost 40years and during his last years he became a British citizen in 1915, because he was very disappointed and unhappy with America when World War 1 broke out and America was reluctant to join the world war 1.

Henry James is mostly known for his famous works like The Portrait of a Lady (1881) and The Turn of the Screw (1898), Daisy Miller (1878), The Bostonians (1886) and The Ambassadors (1903).

The following are some famous books that Henry James wrote, that remain to be popular up to date.

The Portrait of a Lady (1881).

This novel is about a story of a young beautiful American woman called Isabel Archer. As the novel begins we see Isabel has two worthy suitors who are willing to marry her. Lord Warburton who is an aristocrat and he fascinates Isabel though she does not love him and does not feel inclined to him romantically. Then there is Caspar Goodwood whom Isabel is sought of drawn to but she fears that if she got married to him, she would not get her personal freedom. Therefore, she rejects these marriage proposals and decides to travel abroad to her extended family by the help of her rich Aunt called Touchett who takes her to Europe. She seeks to learn to be independent.

While in abroad she meets with Gilbert Osmond who is very charming. She finds herself so irresistibly drawn to him. Gilbert Osmond is an American art collector who lives in Florence. Isabel ends up getting married to him. Unfortunately, it is not a happy ever after marriage. You later on come to learn that Gilbert Osmond only married Isabel because of her inherited wealth left to her by her uncle. Gilbert Osmond and Madame Merle who lived in her uncle’s house, had plotted to steal her wealth which she inherited from her uncle. After their marriage Gilbert Osmond starts to treat her like she is nothing to him.

The book features decisions and challenges that Isabel has to face. The book is so catchy since it makes the reader to feel Isabel’s pain and makes us relate to some of the life experiences of love and betrayal that a reader may have faced at some point. Henry James realistically captures people’s lives with this book. Henry James concluded the first phase of his successful career with this novel The Portrait of a lady which till now is the most popular long fiction.

Daisy Miller (1878).

This is a classic story that is about a young wealthy confident American woman, who is likes having fun and does whatever pleases her. She travels to Europe with her young brother and her mother. She meets with Frederick Winterbourne who has been living in Geneva. Frederick Winterbourne finds her to be very attractive and is smitten by her beauty. Daisy Miller is always determined to do what she wants, whenever she wants to do it since she comes from a wealthy family. Daisy Miller is totally everything any woman from that time should not be; she loves attention, flirting and lots of entertainment. She is attracted to Mr. Giovanelli who is a singer/musician with no social standing. The story is set in Europe. Daisy miller’s life unfolds as the story goes on and everything ends up so badly for her.

Henry James brings in cultural differences, difference in the society class, and shows money cannot be able to buy everything. This makes the story even more interesting to read since you can automatically relate it to your life because it brings out various themes of innocence versus experience, cultural intersection, social relationships, Americans abroad and fate. This book made Henry James internationally famous and contributed to his success.

In conclusion, Henry James is mostly known for his themes of consciousness. He wrote a total of 22 novels including two which he died before finishing and 112 tales etc. His writing mostly mix characters that are from different worlds. Henry James novels are mostly about passionate plea for freedom, freedom of development and different cultures. Many of Henry James novels have been filmed in the 20th century by the team of James Ivory and Ismail Merchant.

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2 Responses to “Henry James”

  1. ray rickman: 2 years ago

    Did James write a book named — Judia Bride?

    • Graeme: 2 years ago

      Not that I can see


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