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Prof Philip Horne


Email: f.horne@ucl.ac.uk
External phone: 020 7679 3123
Internal phone: 33123
Office: Foster Court 204


Philip Horne in front of HJ's last abode in Chelsea at 21 Carlyle Mansions

Philip Horne in front of HJ's last abode in Chelsea at 21 Carlyle Mansions

Education and Experience

Philip Horne received his MA and PhD from the University of Cambridge, and held a Research Fellowship at Christ’s College, Cambridge before moving to UCL. Henry James is his central interest; he has served as the President of the International Henry James Society, and delivered the Henry James lecture at the Rye Festival. He has worked a good deal in US archives, and has also taught two semesters at Dartmouth College. He has a strong interest in film as well as in literature, an interest which takes many forms, but has included a sustained effort to restore the reputation of the neglected British film director Thorold Dickinson. He organised a centenary conference in 2003, and seasons at the British Film Institute and the Barbican Centre; in 2008 he introduced Dickinson films in New York and at Yale. He has interviewed filmmakers including Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan, John Boorman, and Terence Davies. He writes on literature and film for newspapers and magazines, including regular reviews of films on DVD for the Daily Telegraph.


Philip Horne is the author of Henry James and Revision: The New York Edition (OUP, 1990), a scholarly and also a critical and theoretical study of James’s extraordinary revisionary activity; and editor of Henry James: A Life in Letters (Penguin, 1999), an experimental variation on the Victorian form of the Life-and-Letters. He is co-editor with Peter Swaab of Thorold Dickinson: A World of Film (Manchester UP, 2008); and, with Tamara Follini, of a special issue of the Cambridge Quarterly entitled Henry James in the Modern World (2008). He has also edited Henry James, A London Life & The Reverberator (for Oxford World’s Classics), as well as Henry James, The Tragic Muse and Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist (both for Penguin). He is currently Series Editor of the Penguin Classics Henry James, for which he has recently completed an edition of The Portrait of a Lady, and is the founding General Editor of the Cambridge University Press edition of The Complete Fiction of Henry James (planned in 30 volumes). He will be editing two volumes himself: The Golden Bowl and the Notebooks. He is completing a book on the relationship between Henry James and Theodore Roosevelt. As well as essays on many aspects of Henry James, he has written on a wide range of subjects, including telephones and literature, zombies and consumer culture, the films of Powell and Pressburger and of Martin Scorsese, the texts of Emily Dickinson, and the criticism of F.R. Leavis. His current research interests—apart from Henry James—include literary allusion, literature and politics, and the relations between the living and the dead in film. He has supervised PhDs on a variety of topics including Geoffrey Hill, feral children in literature, the films of Powell and Pressburger, James and religion, boredom and the novel, the films of Kieslowski, Edith Wharton, modernity and the cinema, the grotesque in 1930s Hollywood, Tennyson’s afterlives, James’s late non-fiction, and James and the domestic interior.

Philip Horne’s editing work, and interest in the conditions of authorship, align him closely with the Editions strand of the Department’s research profile; while his biographical work puts him squarely in the field of 'Life Stories'. Because James was on the whole an intensely metropolitan writer, and because much of cinema is concerned with urban experience, The City is also a significant presence in his research.

Selected Publications


Henry James: A Life in Letters, Penguin, 1999.

Henry James and Revision: The New York Edition, Oxford University Press, 1990.

Edited Books and Journal Issues

Co-ed. with Peter Swaab, Thorold Dickinson: A World of Film (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2008).

Co-ed. with Tamara Follini, Henry James in the Modern World, special issue of Cambridge Quarterly, 37. 1 (March 2008). Contributors: Michael Anesko, R.D. Gooder, Tamara Follini, Philip Horne, Christopher Ricks, Adrian Poole, Millicent Bell, Jonathan Freedman, Nicola Bradbury, Max Saunders, Jean Gooder, Sergio Perosa, T.J. Lustig.

Ed. with Introduction, Charles Dickens, Oliver, Penguin Classics, 2002.

Ed. with Introduction, Henry James, The Tragic Muse, Penguin Classics, 1995.

Ed. with Introduction, Pardon My Delay: Letters from Henry James to Bruce Richmond, The Foundling Press, 1994.

Ed. with Introduction, Henry James, A London Life & The Reverberator, Oxford World’s Classics, 1989.


‘Revisitings and Revisions in the New York Edition of the Novels and Tales of Henry James’, in The Blackwell Companion to Henry James, ed. Greg Zacharias (Oxford: Blackwell, 2008), 208-230.

‘“A palpable imaginable visitable past”: Henry James and the Eighteenth Century’, Eighteenth-Century Life, Vol. 32 no. 2, Spring 2008, 14-28.

‘Introduction: Henry James in the Modern World’; ‘“Reinstated”: James in Roosevelt’s Washington’, Cambridge Quarterly Special Issue on ‘Henry James in the Modern World’, Vol. 37 no. 1, March 2008, 1-2; 47-63.

Preface to Henry James’s Waistcoat, ed. Rosalind Bleach (York: Stone Trough Books, 2007).

‘Henry James and the “forces of violence”: on the track of “big game” in “The Jolly Corner”‘, Henry James Review 27(3), 2006, 237-247.

‘The Presence of Henry James in European Cinema’, in Duperray, A. (ed.) The Reception of Henry James in Europe, Reception of British Authors in Europe series; Series ed. Elinor Shaffer (London: Continuum, 2006), 260-282.

‘Life and Death in A Matter of Life and Death’, in Ian Christie & Andrew Moor (eds), The Cinema of Michael Powell: International Perspectives on an English Film-Maker (London: British Film Institute, 2005), 117-131.

“Henry James Among the Poets” (revised version of Henry James Lecture, Rye Festival 2002), Henry James Review Vol. 26 Number 1 (Winter 2005), 68-81.

‘The Biography of “Daisy Miller”‘ in Reed, K., Beidler, P.G. (eds.) Approaches to Teaching Henry James’s ‘Daisy Miller’ and ‘The Turn of the Screw’ (New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2005), 46-52.

‘James, Henry (1843–1916)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2004.

“Henry James and the Cultural Frame of the New York Edition”, in The Culture of Collected Editions, ed. Andrew Nash (Palgrave: Basingstoke, 2003), 95-110

‘The Poetry of Possibilities: Emily Dickinson’s Texts’, Women’s Studies 3 (2002), 725-738.

The Age of Innocence: Scorsese, Wharton, James’, Film Studies: An international review, Issue 3, Spring 2002, 5-17.

‘Martin Scorsese and the Film Between the Living and the Dead’, Raritan, Summer 2001, Vol. XXI No. 1, 34-51.

‘Henry James: Varieties of Cinematic Experience’, in Henry James on Stage and Screen, edited by John Bradley (Palgrave, 2000), 35-55.

‘On the Phone: Some Connections’, Raritan, Vol. XVIII No. 3, Winter 1999, 103-122.

‘Retreats and Recognitions: Scorsese’s Kundun’, Film Studies: An international review, Issue 1, Spring 1999, 95-96.

‘Poets and Prophets: Geoffrey Hill in America’, Symbiosis, Vol. 2 No. 2, October 1998, 161-174.

‘Henry James at Work: The Question of Our Texts’, chapter in The Cambridge Companion to Henry James, edited by Jonathan Freedman, Cambridge University Press, 1998, 63-78.

‘The Master and the “Queer Affair” of “The Pupil”’, in Henry James: The Shorter Fiction, edited by N.H. Reeve, Macmillan April 1997, 114-137.

‘Henry James and the Economy of the Short Story’, chapter in Modernist Writers and the Marketplace, edited by Ian Willison, Warwick Gould and Warren Chernaik, Macmillan 1996, 1-35.

‘The Lessons of Flaubert: James and L’Education Sentimentale’, The Yearbook of English Studies 1996: Strategies of Reading: Dickens and After, Vol. 26, edited by Nicola Bradbury, 154-162.

‘The English Novel 1900-1914’, in The Penguin History of Literature, Volume 7: The Twentieth Century, edited by Martin Dodsworth, Harmondsworth 1994, 65-108.

‘Revealers and Concealers’, Essays in Criticism, October 1993, Vol.43 No.4, 273-283.

‘I Shopped with a Zombie’ (on the cultural significance of the zombie), Critical Quarterly, Vol.34 No.4, Winter 1992, 97-110.

‘Writing and Rewriting in Henry James’, Journal of American Studies, Vol. 23 No. 3 (1989), 357-374.

‘ Independent Beauty’ (on James’s criticism), Journal of American Studies, Vol. 21 No. 1 (1987), 87-93.

‘ The Editing of James’s Letters’ (article), The Cambridge Quarterly, Spring 1986, 126-141.

‘A Bibliography of Works by and about Geoffrey Hill’, in Geoffrey Hill: Essays on his Work, edited by Peter Robinson, Open University Press 1985, 237-251.