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The American (Norton Critical Edition)
by Henry James
ISBN 0393090914 / 9780393090918 / 0-393-09091-4
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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The text reprinted in this volume is based on an examination of the five printed versions of The American (first published in 1877) which appeared in James's lifetime, and it is preceded by his "Preface to the New York Edition" (1907).The textual history of the novel is traced in A Note on the Text; a list of substantive variants and emendations; a facsimile manuscript page showing James's method of revision; and a list of the installments of the novel as they appeared in The Atlantic.