The Aspern Papers and Other Stories

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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: 9780199639878
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
  • Edition description: New
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,372,105
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 0.60 (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).

Biography

Henry James (1843-1916), born in New York City, was the son of noted religious philosopher Henry James, Sr., and brother of eminent psychologist and philosopher William James. He spent his early life in America and studied in Geneva, London and Paris during his adolescence to gain the worldly experience so prized by his father. He lived in Newport, went briefly to Harvard Law School, and in 1864 began to contribute both criticism and tales to magazines. In 1869, and then in 1872-74, he paid visits to Europe and began his first novel, Roderick Hudson. Late in 1875 he settled in Paris, where he met Turgenev, Flaubert, and Zola, and wrote The American (1877). In December 1876 he moved to London, where two years later he achieved international fame with Daisy Miller. Other famous works include Washington Square (1880), The Portrait of a Lady (1881), The Princess Casamassima (1886), The Aspern Papers (1888), The Turn of the Screw (1898), and three large novels of the new century, The Wings of the Dove (1902), The Ambassadors (1903) and The Golden Bowl (1904). In 1905 he revisited the United States and wrote The American Scene (1907). During his career, he also wrote many works of criticism and travel. Although old and ailing, he threw himself into war work in 1914, and in 1915, a few months before his death, he became a British subject. In 1916 King George V conferred the Order of Merit on him. He died in London in February 1916.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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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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