This rung of the Ladder will enable you to find out which textual versions of which Henry James tales (short-stories) have appeared in which collections published over the years, including ones in James’s own lifetime (as sources). For completeness, details are also given of original magazine sources, where appropriate.

please select an index from :
the tales : reprint collections :
listed alphabetically listed alphabetically
listed chronologically listed chronologically
electronic texts :
listed alphabetically
the tales’ sources :
source collections source periodicals

Collections which are thought to be in print are noted, with the latest known prices in UK and USA, although in these internet days this is of less relevance in getting hold of material. Additions and corrections are made from time to time, as information becomes available, so the foot of each page shows the date of the latest update.

If you want to help fill in some of the remaining gaps, you can cross-reference the books in your own library with the page listing collections with outstanding queries. However, many of these queries are about more obscure collections, which means you will have your work cut out to help! However, for some of the older or limited edition titles I need basic details such as which tales are included and what pages they occupy: you might be able to supply these quite easily.

To guide you in following up textual matters, I have put together two supplementary pages: a general one about identifying which version of a tale you’ve got; and a page containing example differences for as many of the tales’ versions as I have been able to track down. When you have done your homework, please contact me with any relevant information (credit given).

notes on coverage

At the end of 2003, Floyd R. Horowitz edited The uncollected stories of Henry James (Carroll & Graf) containing 24 anonymous or pseudonymous stories published in the 1850s and 1860s which he claims to have identified, on the basis of statistical and stylistic analyses, as being by Henry James. These titles are not currently indexed here as critical discussion is still open on the validity of these claims. Also, of course, they are not, as yet, available in any other collection!

The recent rise of internet-based, print-on-demand publishers of unedited texts has complicated the bibliographer’s task. My current approach is to ignore them completely in this index, largely because their offerings are usually quite expensive and are not often available in libraries, so access is difficult for this unsubsidized work. A survey of volume titles available (mostly novels, plays and letters) suggests that such publishers are usually digitizing old, out-of-copyright editions, but, if they want sales, they will have to be much more explicit about the contents of their titles! I’m not going to spend a fortune to do their advertising for them and my advice, if you want to buy Henry James’s tales, is to go for more traditional editions, including the tens of thousands of secondhand copies of volumes you can identify through this index.

Determination of the version used for the section showing electronic texts, at the foot of relevant tales’ pages, has been made by reference to my example differences. As far as I can tell the majority of electronic texts of tales, available for free on the web, apart from Richard Hathaway’s at the State University of New York, New Paltz and my own here on the Ladder, are derived, with little additional editing, from the Project Gutenberg versions. Internal information in most of the original Gutenberg files shows the edition used, but this is not carried over into the copies (if that is what they are), nor is it displayed in Gutenberg’s own recent meta data and indexing. Particularly egregious among the copiers is the proliferation of text(s) of The story in it with the wrong title, which seems to have originated in careless work by Gutenberg volunteers!

Please note that coverage of electronic texts doesn’t include sites where one has to ‘sign on’ to have access to the content, even if they are free: this is because I don’t want to give them my details just to obtain access, and I don’t want to encourage you to do so, either. Also omitted are study sites which don’t mount the full text (these are chiefly concerned with The turn of the screw of course). There are probably etexts out there which I haven’t spotted, but on the evidence so far don’t hold your breath for ones not derived from Project Gutenberg.


Many thanks to the librarians who have collected and given access to old editions of tales and the source magazines. Thanks to Gert Buelens at the University of Ghent for the original details of the Library of America volumes 82 and 83. Also to Richard Hathaway, compiler of the Henry James scholar’s Guide to Web Sites, for the initial details of the available electronic texts.

technical notes

The pages here are generated by a Perl program which I have developed, using a database which I maintain when I have time to spare. At present, printed collections are indexed only if they comprise solely or mainly of Henry James’s work; appearances of individual tales in multi-author anthologies await further work, but, if you are after such details now, I can refer you to the annual listings printed in the journal Studies in short fiction from about 1970 onwards (vol. 7 seems to contain the first).

important :
most of the information is here is believed to be correct but it really needs more proof-reading to be sure. For the time being you are advised to check any details of which you wish to be certain (for example, for use in your PhD bibliography!)

Adrian Dover – September 2010