The Aspern Papers and Other Stories

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OUP Oxford, Feb 14, 2013 - Fiction - 252 pages
"There's no baseness I wouldn't commit for Jeffrey Aspern's sake."

The Aspern Papers is one of James's best-known and most accomplished novellas, whose plot foreshadows the modern cult of the writer as celebrity, and the hunger to uncover previously unseen writings. Indeed, in all four stories collected here--including "The Death of the Lion," "The Figure in the Carpet" and "The Birthplace"--the figure of the artist is central. Extraordinarily prophetic, James explores the emergent new cult of the writer as celebrity, and asks: can the person behind the art ever truly be known, and can our knowledge of the artist's life ever explain the act of creativity.

The collection features an Introduction by distinguished James scholar Adrian Poole, who explores the central themes of all four stories and their literary contexts. In addition, Poole includes relevant extracts from James's Prefaces and Notebooks in which the origins and development of the stories are described as well as an appendix on stage and screen versions of The Aspern Papers. Reproducing the definitive New York Edition text, the volume includes a new Select Bibliography, new and revised notes, and an appendix of variant readings.


About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
 

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User Review  - stillatim - LibraryThing

I love late James, but there's also a lot to be said for this sweet spot in the middle period. The sentences unfurl in a slightly less complicated way, the ideas are more evident, the characters less ... Read full review

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This is a novella of 130 pages, set in 1880's Venice. Our protagonist is a writer and critic who studies among other things the works of Jeffrey Aspern, a famous deceased American poet. He is on the ... Read full review

Contents

THE ASPERN PAPERS
3
THE DEATH OF THE LION
89
THE FIGURE IN THE CARPET
123
THE BIRTHPLACE
157
Extracts from Jamess Prefaces to the New York Edition
209
Extracts from Jamess Notebooks
221
Stage and Screen Versions of The Aspern Papers
229
Variant Readings
231
Explanatory Notes
239
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Adrian Poole has written extensively on Henry James and has edited What Maisie Knew, The American, and Washington Square for Oxford World's Classics. He is the editor of the Cambridge Companion to English Novelists (2009), The Oxford Book of Classical Verse with Jeremy Maule (1995; reissued 2000), and the author of Tragedy: a Very Short Introduction (2005).

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