The Pulitzer prize was awarded in 1935 to a two volume edition of this work, published by Little, Brown. Now- with the renazoence of interest in both William and Henry James today, this abridgement of the original material, from some 1600 to 500 pages, would indicate a more popular and wider market. The manner of presentation remains unchanged; James speaks for himself through his letters, his writing, judiciously selected and arranged. Over 500 letters, unpublished before 1935, form the backbone of the work, and read consecutively provide an account of James' life and work, his family and personal history, his delightful personality and diversity of interests, and- at the close- the development of his final philosophical creed. The letters are linked by detailed and analytical comment on the part of the editor, a lifelong student and admires of James' work.