texts

‘Louisa Pallant: a story’ by Henry James
in : Harper’s new monthly magazine, vol. 76, no. 453 (February 1888), pages 336–355

you can view this original online through the page images at the Cornell University Making of America site (select Harper’s new monthly magazine and then the year)


The Aspern papers ; Louisa Pallant ; The modern warning / by Henry James. – London ; New York : Macmillan, 1888. – 2 v. ([viii], 239; [viii], 258 p.) ; 19 cm. Vol. 2, pages 3–96

The Aspern papers ; Louisa Pallant ; The modern warning / by Henry James. – New York ; London : Macmillan, 1888. – 292 p. ; 20 cm.pages 141–195

The Aspern papers ; Louisa Pallant ; The modern warning / by Henry James. – London ; New York : Macmillan, 1890. – 290 p. ; 20 cm.pages 141–195

contents: The Aspern papers; Louisa Pallant; The modern warning

containing the first book publication; the first edition, of 650 two-volume sets, retailed at 12/‒ in Britain from late September; the number of sets sent to USA is unknown but the one-volume edition there in November was of 2000 copies at $1·50 each; the same text appeared two years later in October 1890 in Britain at 3/6, with a print run of 2000 copies (a further 1000 were apparently printed in 1939!


The Reverberator ; Madame de Mauves ; [etc.] / by Henry James. – New York : Scribner ; London : Macmillan, 1908. – xx, 549 p. ; 22 cm. (The novels and tales of Henry James : New York edition ; v. 13) — pages 495–550

contents: The Reverberator; Madame de Mauves; A passionate pilgrim; The madonna of the future; Louisa Pallant

a somewhat revised text appeared as part of James’s definitive collection in this, one of the miscellaneous volumes, of that edition, which was sold on subscription only: in America an initial 1000 copies of each volume were available at $2, $4 or $8 per volume (depending on the binding chosen); one hundred sets of the same sheets were bound in Britain for Macmillan’s first, 8/6 per volume issue; this volume appeared early in 1909 and an unknown quantity of additional copies, in both territories, were produced later


for subsequent reprints of this tale see the relevant page
of my index to Henry James’s tales in collections


commentaries and discussions

in addition to the selected criticism listed below, this tale is discussed (in greater or lesser detail) in the general works on James’s tales and fiction, which I have listed on a separate page; those works are annotated here only when I’ve tracked them down and they offer significant insights


‘Preface’ by Henry James
in : The Reverberator ; [etc.] (New York edition) — see above;
reprinted in : The art of the novel : critical prefaces / by Henry James, with an introduction by Richard P. Blackmur. – New York ; London : Scribner, 1934. – xli, 348 p. ; 21 cm.pages 180–197

the relevant text is available on this website


The madness of art / by Walter F. Wright. – Lincoln, NB : University of Nebraska Press, 1962 — pages 158–160

[not available to me]


A reader’s guide to Henry James / by S. Gorley Putt. – London : Thames & Hudson, 1966. – 432 p. ; 22 cm. — page 274

contrasts Mrs Pallant’s spoiling of her daughter’s marriage prospects (in this case) with the usual run of mothers in James’s tales


‘At the bottom of all things in Henry James’s Louisa Pallantby Philip L. Nicoloff
in : Studies in short fiction, vol. 7 (1970), pages 409–420

an analysis of the unreliability of the first-person narrator, whom Nicoloff sees as having taken over the thematic centre of the tale (in comparison with James’s notebook idea); a brave attempt to distinguish all the strands of truth-telling and lying with which the reader is confronted


Henry James’s psychology of experience : innocence, responsibility and renunciation in the fiction of Henry James / by Granville H. Jones. – The Hague : Mouton, 1975. – xiv, 310 p. ; 24 cm. (De proprietatibus litterarum : series practica ; 79) — pages 94–95

[not yet available to me]


‘La romance de Louisa Pallant’ [The song/ballade of Louisa Pallant] by Claude Richard
in : Delta : revue du Centre d’Études et de Recherche sur les Écrivains du Sud aux États-Unis   vol. 15 (1982), pages 103–113

[not available to me: therefore I can’t explain why three articles on the tale appear se-tenant in this issue]


 “Never say”: L’art du non-dit dans Louisa Pallant’ [“Never say”: the art of saying nothing in Louisa Pallant] by Nancy Blake
in : Delta : revue du Centre d’Études et de Recherche sur les Écrivains du Sud aux États-Unis   vol. 15 (1982), pages 115–123

[not available to me]


‘Les relations enonciatives dans Louisa Pallant’ [Speaking relationships in Louisa Pallant] by Jacky Martin
in : Delta : revue du Centre d’Études et de Recherche sur les Écrivains du Sud aux États-Unis   vol. 15 (1982), pages 125–132

[not available to me]


‘The use of stupidity as a narrative device : the gullible teller in James’s Louisa Pallant’ by Adeline R. Tintner
in : Journal of narrative technique, vol. 15 (1985), pages 70–74

[not available to me, and I can’t find it reprinted in any of her books, either]


‘Henry James’s Louisa Pallant and the participant-observer narrator and responsibility’ by Peg Levine
in : Mid-Hudson language studies, vol. 10 (1987), pages 33–41

[not available to me]