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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1356-1356.1

Henry James letters to Urbain Mengin


Letters of the American novelist Henry James to the French writer Urbain Mengin.


  • 1887-1909

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English and French.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


.2 linear feet (2 volumes)

Includes 41 letters from James to Mengin concerning their friendship, James' encouragement of Mengin to read and understand English, their visits to each other in London (England) and in Paris (France), Mengin's trip to Edinburgh, their mutual acquaintance of Paul Bourget and his wife, and Mengin's writings. Also with one volume of photostats [stats (copies)] of these letters.

Biographical / Historical

James was an American novelist, short story writer, critic and dramatist. Urbain Mengin was a French professor, writer, and friend of James.


Organized in call number order, then arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

54M-241. Purchased from Urbain Mengin, Le Coulomière Rogny, Yonne, France; received: 1955 June 2.

54M-242. Purchased with Duplicate money from Urbain Mengin, Le Coulomière Rogny, Yonne, France; received: 1955 June 2.

James, Henry, 1843-1916. Henry James letters to Urbain Mengin, 1887-1909: Guide
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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