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Venice in the 1880s: the Misses Bordereau have retired to their vast palace in a musty corner of this magic city, where love and life sit cheek by jowl with greed and decay. Into their lives comes and unscrupulous critic, hell-bent on discovering the papers of the late Jeffrey Aspern, a world-famous American poet and, some sixty years before, the lover of Miss Juliana. Miss Juliana is ancient, aloof and imperious. More accessible by far is Miss Tina, middle-aged and frumpish, ...
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Overview

Venice in the 1880s: the Misses Bordereau have retired to their vast palace in a musty corner of this magic city, where love and life sit cheek by jowl with greed and decay. Into their lives comes and unscrupulous critic, hell-bent on discovering the papers of the late Jeffrey Aspern, a world-famous American poet and, some sixty years before, the lover of Miss Juliana. Miss Juliana is ancient, aloof and imperious. More accessible by far is Miss Tina, middle-aged and frumpish, but also completely unpredictable.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140041019
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/27/1977
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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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    1. Date of Birth:
      April 15, 1843
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Death:
      February 28, 1916
    2. Place of Death:
      London, England
    1. Education:
      Attended school in France and Switzerland; Harvard Law School, 1862-63

Table of Contents

Introduction
Note on the Texts
Select Bibliography
Chronology
'The Aspern Papers'
'The Death of the Lion'
'The Figure in the Carpet'
'The Birthplace'
Appendix 1: extracts from James's Prefaces for the New York Edition
Appendix 2: extracts from James's Notebooks
Appendix 3: stage and screen versions of 'The Aspern Papers'
Appendix 4: variant readings
Explanatory Notes

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