The Aspern Papers and Other Stories

Paperback | March 19, 2013

byHenry James

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'There's no baseness I wouldn't commit for Jeffrey Aspern's sake.'The poet Aspern, long since dead, has left behind some private papers. They are jealously guarded by an old lady, once his mistress and muse, a recluse in an old palazzo in Venice, tended by her ingenuous niece. A predatory critic is determined to seize them. What can he make of the younger woman?What are his motives? What are the papers worth and what is he prepared to pay?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, who cares about the work for itself? Canthe man behind the artist ever truly be known, and does our knowledge explain the act of creativity? This new edition includes extracts from James's Prefaces and Notebooks which shed light on the genesis of the stories.

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'There's no baseness I wouldn't commit for Jeffrey Aspern's sake.'The poet Aspern, long since dead, has left behind some private papers. They are jealously guarded by an old lady, once his mistress and muse, a recluse in an old palazzo in Venice, tended by her ingenuous niece. A predatory critic is determined to seize them. What can he...

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 Shor...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.68 inPublished:March 19, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionNote on the TextsSelect BibliographyChronology'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 EditionAppendix 2: extracts from James's NotebooksAppendix 3: stage and screen versions of 'The Aspern Papers'Appendix 4: variant readingsExplanatory Notes