Henry James, The Ambassadors

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The Ambassadors

was written during 1900-1901, at the start of a dramatically productive period of James’s career which also included

The Wings of the Dove

(1902) and

The Golden Bowl

(1904). Although it was written immediately before

The Wings of the Dove

, the book publication of

The Ambassadors

was delayed to accommodate its serialisation in twelve instalments in

The North American Review

during 1903. The complete novel was published later in the same year by Methuen in Great Britain and by Harpers in the United States. For the New York Edition of his work, James lightly revised the text and added a lengthy Preface discussing the genesis of the story and his own literary method (Scribner, 1909). The revised version of

The Ambassadors

appeared in volumes 21 and 22 of the New York Edition…

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Citation: Hutchison, Hazel McNair. "The Ambassadors". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 March 2009 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=1579, accessed 22 June 2024.]

1579 The Ambassadors 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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