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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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With a decaying Venetian villa as a backdrop, an anonymous narrator relates his obsessive quest for the personal documents of a deceased Romantic poet, one Jeffrey Aspern. Led by his mission into increasingly unscrupulous behavior, he is ultimately faced with relinquishing his heart's desire or attaining it at an overwhelming price.

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The central characters in this 1888 novelette are American expatriates, like James himself. With a decaying Venetian villa for a backdrop, the anonymous narrator relates his obsessive quest for the personal documents of a deceased Romantic poet, one Jeffrey Aspern. The narrator's zeal to possess the poet's papers leads him into increasingly unscrupulous behavior, from assuming a false identity to outright theft, and he is ultimately faced with a choice between relinquishing his heart's desire and achieving it at an overwhelming price. Inspired by an actual incident involving Claire Clairmont, once the mistress of Lord Byron, this masterly tale features all those elements we expect from James: psychological subtlety; deft plotting; the clash of cultures; and the nuances of scene, mood, and character that signify deeper meanings beneath.

About the Author

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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ISBN:
9780486419220
Author:
James, Henry
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Author:
James, Henry
Author:
Dover Thrift Editions
Location:
Mineola, NY
Subject:
General
Subject:
Collectors and collecting
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Man-woman relationships
Subject:
Poets
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Manuscripts
Subject:
Venice
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Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Thrift Editions
Series Volume:
no. 2
Publication Date:
20010831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.19 in 0.2 lb
Age Level:
from 14

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With a decaying Venetian villa as a backdrop, an anonymous narrator relates his obsessive quest for the personal documents of a deceased Romantic poet, one Jeffrey Aspern. Led by his mission into increasingly unscrupulous behavior, he is ultimately faced with relinquishing his heart's desire or attaining it at an overwhelming price.

"Synopsis" by , The central characters in this 1888 novelette are American expatriates, like James himself. With a decaying Venetian villa for a backdrop, the anonymous narrator relates his obsessive quest for the personal documents of a deceased Romantic poet, one Jeffrey Aspern. The narrator's zeal to possess the poet's papers leads him into increasingly unscrupulous behavior, from assuming a false identity to outright theft, and he is ultimately faced with a choice between relinquishing his heart's desire and achieving it at an overwhelming price. Inspired by an actual incident involving Claire Clairmont, once the mistress of Lord Byron, this masterly tale features all those elements we expect from James: psychological subtlety; deft plotting; the clash of cultures; and the nuances of scene, mood, and character that signify deeper meanings beneath.
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