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Henry James Letter

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: James, Henry, 1843-1916.
Title: Henry James Letter
Inclusive Dates: 1890
Quantity: 1 folder (SC)
Abstract: Letter from American author Henry James to Lady Grant Duff, regarding a dinner invitation.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Henry James (1843-1916) was an American author whose novels are often cited as excellent examples of 19th-century literary realism. Many of his books dealt with Americans' iinteractions with Europe and Europeans. James spent nearly half his life in England and became a British citizen shortly before his death.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Henry James Letter consists of a single letter by James, written to Lady Grant Duff, wife of Sir Mountstuart Elphinstone Grant Duff. The letter gives James' regrets for having to decline a dinner invitation from the couple. Apparently James wished to avoid another dinner guest, as he writes in part, "But I was well advised, for I was in for a more pertinacious attack of this queer little pestilence than I ever supposed." Unfortunately the identity of the "pestilence" is unknown.

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Use Restrictions

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Subject Headings


James, Henry, 1843-1916.


Authors, American -- 20th century -- Correspondence.

Genres and Forms




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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Henry James Letter,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Transfer from Kohen Collection, 1969.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: MRC
Date: 26 May 2010
Revision history:

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SC 494 "Dear Lady Grant Duff" 20 Jan 1890

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