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Henry James Volumes Named to Outstanding Book List

Henry James Volumes Named to Outstanding Book List

Creighton University English professor Greg Zacharias, director of the Center for Henry James Studies at Creighton, has received a prestigious honor for The Complete Letters of Henry James 1855-1872, volumes one and two (University of Nebraska Press, 2006). He co-edited the books with Pierre A. Walker.

The two volumes appear in the Outstanding Book for 2007 list in the January 2008 issue of Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries. Only 3 percent of all books submitted to Choice receive this distinction. This year's list includes 646 titles in 54 disciplines and subsections.

Choice is a premier source for reviews of academic books, electronic media and Internet resources of interest to those in higher education.

In reviewing the Henry James volumes in April 2007 Choice noted the excellent annotation and reporting and commented"[t]his rich undertaking will reward historians, biographers, and literary critics.Ē

Since their release in 2006, the two volumes have garnered worldwide praise, including the London Times Literary Supplement, Bookforum, the New York Review of Books and The London Review of Books. Excerpts from those reviews and more can be found at at http://nebraskapress.typepad.com/university_of_nebraska_pr/2007/01/praise_for_the__2.html

The Creighton Center for Henry James Studies, with a complete archive of letter copies as the basis of The Complete Letters project, is the only place in the world where scholars, teachers, and students can read all of Jamesís more than 10,000 letters to more than one thousand correspondents. The project will comprise 140 volumes when completed.

For more on The Complete Letters of Henry James 1855-1872 and the Center for Henry James Studies, go to http://mockingbird.creighton.edu/english/hjcenter.htm

Today, Jamesí letters are held in 132 known archives and private collections in the United States, England, and elsewhere.