The Aspern Papers

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Courier Dover Publications, 2001 - Fiction - 80 pages
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In this classic 1888 novella, an anonymous narrator relates his obsessive quest to acquire some letters and other private documents that once belonged to the deceased Romantic poet Jeffrey Aspern. Attempting to gain access to the papers, the property of Aspern's former mistress, he rents a room in a decaying Venetian villa where the woman lives with her aging niece. Led by his zeal into increasingly unscrupulous behavior, the narrator is faced in the end with relinquishing his heart's desire or attaining it an an overwhelming price.
Inspired by an actual incident involving Claire Clairmont, once the mistress of Lord Byron, this masterfully written tale incorporates all those elements expected from James: psychological subtlety, deft plotting, the clash of cultures, and profoundly nuanced representation of scene, mood, and character. This volume also contains James's celebrated Preface from the New York edition of his collected works.
Unabridged Dover (2001) republication of the revised version of the work from the New York edition published by Scribners, 1908.
  

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TERRIFIC. Ironic ending. - Goodreads
The initial plot, as I have mentioned is dull. - Goodreads
A lovely twist of an ending. - Goodreads
Not Henry James's finest writing hour. - Goodreads
It was thought-provoking in plot, theme, and language. - Goodreads
That combined with lovely writing made it a joy for me. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Paulinho - Goodreads

Unfortunately I haven't enjoyed this book very much. It is about a young man, who is looking for some papers belonging to a dead poet named Jeffrey Aspern. The characters here are also queer. Jeffrey ... Read full review

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User Review  - Dianne Oliver - Goodreads

The boy can write. (why do I always think of henry james as a boy?) Read full review

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American author Henry James (1843–1916) spent most of his career in Europe and ultimately adopted British citizenship. A prolific writer of criticism, biography, and travel-related books and articles, James is known above all for his highly influential novels, which frequently explore the clash of Old and New World cultures.

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