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Prof Philip Horne
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Tel: 020 7679 3123
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  • Professor of English Language & Literature
  • Dept of English Lang & Literature
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Philip Horne was educated at King’s College School, Wimbledon, and Jesus College Cambridge. He came to UCL in 1985 and has been since 2000 a Professor in the English Department. He is the author of Henry James and Revision: The New York Edition (OUP, 1990); and editor of Henry James: A Life in Letters (Penguin, 1999). He is co-editor of Thorold Dickinson: a world of film (Manchester UP, 2008). He has also edited Henry James, A London Life & The Reverberator; Henry James, The Tragic Muse; Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist; and Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady (Penguin Classics, 2011). A past President of the international Henry James Society, he is Series Editor of the Penguin Classics Henry James, as well as General Editor of the Cambridge University Press edition of The Complete Fiction of Henry James. He has been DVD reviewer for the Daily Telegraph, and has published essays and articles on a wide range of subjects, including: telephones and literature; zombies and consumer culture; the films of Powell & Pressburger, Martin Scorsese and Roman Polanski; the texts of Emily Dickinson; the criticism of F.R. Leavis; the style of Dickens; poetic allusion in Victorian fiction; Bob Dylan, the Blues and the Mississippi Flood of 1927; and the relationship between Henry James and Theodore Roosevelt.

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Current projects:

General Editor, The Cambridge Edition of the Complete Fiction of Henry James (projected 30 volumes, to be published 2014-2016 (2016 being the centenary of James’s death)). I wrote the original proposal, and am now one of four general editors, the othersbeing Professor Michael Anesko (Penn State), Professor Adrian Poole (University of Cambridge) and Dr Tamara Follini (University of Cambridge). The edition is well advanced, with an international team of volume editors signed up. Apart from overseeing the whole project, and taking particular responsibility for a quarter of the volumes, I myself am editing two volumes: James’s The Golden Bowl, and also, re-editing from manuscript, with full annotation, James’s Notebooks. It is the first fully scholarly edition of James’s complete fiction.


Monograph (work in progress): ‘He isn’t you!’ – The American Lives of Henry James and Theodore Roosevelt. A cultural-biographical-political study of the neglected relation between novelist and president.)


Series Editor (since 2002), Penguin Classics Henry James (each volume prepared in consultation with volume editor; ‘Chronology’ and ‘Further Reading’ by PH appears in each volume)

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Academic Background
1984   Doctor of Philosophy University of Cambridge
1983   Master of Arts University of Cambridge
1979   Bachelor of Arts University of Cambridge
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