Documentary Editing, Association for


Date of this Version

Fall 2006

Document Type



Documentary Editing, Volume 28, Number 3, Fall 2006. ISSN 0196-7134


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he correspondence of William James has come a long way since his ·1 son, Henry James, published the two-volume set The Letters of William James in 1920.1 The recently completed Skrupskelis Berkeley edition boasts twelve bulky tomes, all carrying the seal of the Committee on Scholarly Editions of the Modern Language Association. The first three volumes cover the correspondence between William and his brother Henry, whereas the remaining nine volumes contain the correspondence with others, arranged chronologically. The volumes include letters to as well as from James. The last volume, which appeared in 2004, covers the period April 1908 to August 191O.James's last letter, of 21 August, is a brief note to Thomas Shackleford in which James confesses he is in no condition to see him.James had been very ill for over a month and had only a few days before returned from London to his Chocorua summer home. His health deteriorated rapidly and he died on the 26th of August.