The Aspern Papers

The Aspern Papers

Henry James / Sep 22, 2019

The Aspern Papers In this classic 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 Atte

  • Title: The Aspern Papers
  • Author: Henry James
  • ISBN: 9780486419220
  • Page: 436
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 byIn 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.

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      • Henry James

        Henry James, OM, son of theologian Henry James Sr brother of the philosopher and psychologist William James and diarist Alice James, was an American born author, one of the founders and leaders of a school of realism in fiction He spent much of his life in England and became a British subject shortly before his death He is primarily known for a series of major novels in which he portrayed the encounter of America with Europe His plots centered on personal relationships, the proper exercise of power in such relationships, and other moral questions His method of writing from the point of view of a character within a tale allowed him to explore the phenomena of consciousness and perception, and his style in later works has been compared to impressionist painting.James insisted that writers in Great Britain and America should be allowed the greatest freedom possible in presenting their view of the world, as French authors were His imaginative use of point of view, interior monologue and unreliable narrators in his own novels and tales brought a new depth and interest to realistic fiction, and foreshadowed the modernist work of the twentieth century An extraordinarily productive writer, in addition to his voluminous works of fiction he published articles and books of travel writing, biography, autobiography, and criticism,and wrote plays, some of which were performed during his lifetime with moderate success His theatrical work is thought to have profoundly influenced his later novels and tales.


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    1. I generally do not like to discuss the plot in a review. And I will not in this one either. But apart from delighting in James’ prose and in his superb ability to characterize and develop personalities, reading this novella has made me think about what makes a good story.For I was captured by the suspense James created out of a relatively simple situation.What makes a good plot? It certainly needs a structure, a kind of frame that gives it independence and self-sufficiency. That means it deman [...]


    2. THE DARK SIDE OF THE ART Sembra che siano 30 anni che non rileggo questo libro: è tempo di riprenderlo in mano sapendo di ritrovare l’immenso piacere della prima e delle altre volte. So che ci sarà scoperta anche se ormai lo conosco bene. Ma è un’opera che non finisce di regalare e svelare.Dietro l'intreccio pseudo thriller, magnifico stratagemma, c'è un intero universo di cultura, amore, vita, conoscenza.Veduta di Venezia in atmosfera molto Asper Papers.America e Europa. Donne e uomini. [...]


    3. In the section of his Moral Discourses entitled ‘How a person can preserve their proper character in any situation’ the Stoic philosopher Epictetus says “You are the one who knows yourself – which is to say, you know how much you are worth in your own estimation, and therefore at what price you will sell yourself; because people sell themselves at different rates. . . . Taking account of the value of externals, you see, comes at some cost to the value of one’s own character.” I cite [...]


    4. What did I think? It's really hard to think feeling weak in the presence of sheer beauty, having your breath taken away and being hypnotised!Two weeks laterNot much has changed since I finished reading. I still feel almost as infatuated with this novella as the nameless narrator was obsessed with Jeffrey Aspern's papers. I am constantly not capable of ‘Jola thinks rationally’ mode, so instead of sharing logical musings I will tell you what happened when I was reading this amazing book by Hen [...]


    5. Recommended by Michael, The Aspern Papers is a remarkable short story/novela by James who wrote my favorite ghost story of all time--The Turn of the Screw. As with the Turn of the Screw, much is left unsaid, the reader has to determine through extremely minute variations of conversation and subtle action what is really going on. The main character is morally deficient and we witness his further descent into a quagmire.


    6. As much as it would please me to discover that my two favorite novelists form an apostolic succession, I must admit that Nabokov is completely spot-on in his criticism of The Aspern Papers, about which he complains in 1941 letter to Edmund Wilson:Yesterday I read The Aspern Papers. No. He writes with a very sharp nib and the ink is very pale and there is very little of it in his inkpot…The style is artistic but it is not the style of an artist…He has charm (as the weak blond prose of Turgene [...]


    7. Giallo veneziano d'autore"Il carteggio Aspern", breve e bellissimo romanzo, venne scritto da H. James nel 1887 durante un suo soggiorno in Italia.Lo spunto deriva da un fatto di cui sentì parlare: un fervido ammiratore di Shelley, avendo saputo che l'ormai anziana amante di Byron (e madre di Allegra) viveva a Firenze con una nipote d'età matura e che le due donne conservavano un carteggio epistolare fra i due poeti, escogitò un piano per insediarsi nella stessa dimora delle due signore e veni [...]


    8. Though written eight years before James’ Figure in the Carpet, The Aspern Papers is a more sophisticated, richer work. Here James has set himself a larger stage in which to develop characters grown out of the intrigue of the tale. While reading I felt the stage growing, as though James was keeping up with the narration as it was told. The punctiliousness of his style set the perfect distance within which to watch the characters and to live with them. Here, the tension was strung with a fine th [...]


    9. I have very mixed feelings about this novella. I have never read any of Henry James’ books before but upon advice it was suggested that I start with one of his novellas. So I decided upon this book as there are only eighty pages and it seemed as good a place as ever to start.I actually don’t like Venice as a place and so I’m sure I’ll be called a philistine. I went in the month of December, many years ago, with an aged aunt which did not auger well. It was windy, the pigeons in St Mark [...]


    10. Originally published in 1888, this short novel reads like a contemporary mystery or thriller. James' prose is beautiful and complex like many of his peers of the day, but does not feel as weighted down. In fact, the use of candles and other time indicators aside, one could easily convince me Aspern was recently written by one of today's better writers. To be sure, James writes suspense and surprise endings as well as any genre author. If you've read Turn of the Screw, this won't come as a surpri [...]


    11. the more i read of henry james, the more i think he may be my favorite writer. it's weird, because he seems to be exactly all those things i most despise in writers-- he's long-winded, slow-moving, mostly humorless, always deeply embedded in real places, real people, real history, the real world-- really, i don't feel like i should like him at all! but then, somehow, underneath all of that, there is always in his writing a deep sense of mystery-- not just about the events in his stories, but abo [...]


    12. “Furfante di uno scrittorucolo!”La gondola scivola pigramente lungo il Canal Grande, nell’abbraccio molle e indefinibile di un’estiva notte veneziana. Non lontano c’è il palazzo grigio e rosa, un tempo certamente splendido, residenza delle signorine Bordereau: l’ultracentenaria Juliana, che fu amante e musa ispiratrice del poeta Jeffrey Aspern, e la non più giovane nipote Tina. Pare che in casa sia conservato il carteggio amoroso fra Juliana e il poeta. Quivi giunge il protagonista [...]



    13. Henry James es uno de mis autores favoritos, pero la relación es complicada. Por un lado, lo amo porque convierte argumentos que parecen ser simples (sean realistas o no) en una historia de suspenso. Por el otro, lo odio por sus finales y porque siempre hay algo que no nos cuenta, algo que subyace a las palabras o se escapa entre ellas. Tengo más razones, pero estas le conciernen a la novela en cuestión.Los papeles de Aspernintriga, a pesar de que gire demasiado sobre un mismo eje (para mi gu [...]


    14. Una nouvelle maravillosa. De Henry James solo había leído The Turn of the Screw (1898), un relato de atmósfera fantasmagórica donde el retrato psicológico tiene mucho peso, igual que en The Aspern Papers (1888). Las solteronas (tía y sobrina) que viven enclaustradas cual carmelitas en un palacete en Venecia están magníficamente descritas, y su inquilino, el editor norteamericano obsesionado por conseguir los papeles del poeta Jeffrey Aspern, es su contrapunto perfecto. Ese trío forma un [...]


    15. To get what you want, would you pay a price -- or bolt?James handles the sexuality v sedately, as expected. But it's compelling nonetheless. And sex is a metaphor for Anything. I've now read 3xs.


    16. Questo breve aureo romanzo - tra i collaboratori internazionali alla costruzione del grande mito di Venezia - è incentrato sul tentativo di entrare in possesso delle carte del grande poeta Jeffrey Aspern, conservate da un’antica fiamma, Miss Bordereau, ora anziana, cinica e venale, operato da un critico-veneratore, che parla in prima persona, senza impedire, però, che il lettore percepisca i suoi difetti. La manovra di avvicinamento contempla grande spesa di tempo e denaro, e prevede anche u [...]


    17. To be completely honest I would not have continued this (off and on 5 pages at a time, I must admit) if it had been many more pages than the novella length shorty that it is. People complain about Faulkner sentence structure and length! Well, James' ornate and convoluted thought patterns are much more difficult, IMHO. Not normal English in any modern sense of how you define "normal". Some passages are so obtuse that after reading and rereading I still only got a nuance for mood or tone and not a [...]


    18. As a friend says, this has the pace and timing of a detective novel. It also has a somewhat ghoulish narrator who is intent on convincing himself and the reader that he is not greedy and amoral in his relentless search for some suspected revelatory "papers" of a poet of whose work he is a published scholar. He almost convinces himself that some fairly pitiless actions on his part are actually noble scholarly efforts in the advancement of knowledge. The descriptions of the two old ladies he befr [...]


    19. Bello, bello, bello, questo romanzo breve è stata un'autentica sorpresa per me! Un Henry James d'annata, una Venezia sublime e decadente, una storia tra il mistery e la follia, scritto in modo sempre impeccabile, mai sopra le righe questo è Il carteggio Aspern.Le atmosfere mi hanno ricordato molto quelle de La morte a Venezia, che ho adorato, anche se qui manca il pathos tragico si avverte quel filo misterioso che non può non affascinare il lettore.Il finale mi ha sorpreso, molto pacato, molt [...]


    20. 4.5 StarsEvery time I pick up a Henry James novel, I open it with trepidation. For some reason, I think I’m going to find his writing intimidating, stretching the limits of my comprehension with lengthy sentences and elaborate metaphors. Then I start reading, and remember that not only is he a master of the written word, but he is accessible, perhaps especially so in this short novella which I finished in a couple of days - good going for a slow reader such as myself.The story is simple, man a [...]


    21. 3.5-4 I debated the rating Perfect study of a manipulator being manipulated The right length for this story-not too much development; it wasn't needed. The focus is the Papers and the obsession they inspire.



    22. Lástima que la edición de Navona no esté a la altura de la obra. Múltiples errores en ella dificultan la lectura en más ocasiones de las deseables.


    23. I am truly smitten with the unreliable narrators that populate Henry James' novels. They bring to mind how all of us are the unreliable narrators of our own lives. "The Aspern Papers" is from the viewpoint of an obsessive "fan" of another generation who will stop at almost nothing in his quest to acquire more "fan collectables" belonging to his idol and to have contact with the last living individual who knew him. It's hard to quantify just how worthy the object of the narrator's obsession is, b [...]


    24. For once the book Blurb here on GR does a good job of prefacing this book, so I won't take the time to repeat that. If you like Henry James verbose yet provocative writing style, then you won't be disappointed. James was fond of this short novel, ranking it ahead of The Turn of the Screw.The use of Venice as the setting for this novel was a nice touch that fit this story perfectly.


    25. I just re-read Henry James' novella the "Aspern Papers," again a second time after thirty years. It was first recommended to me in 1983 by Jean van Heijenoort, Leon Trotsky's secretary and, after the murder, his archivist, as the best depiction of an archivist's passion for finding the papers of a "great man." Even the first time around I certainly appreciated the fine description of a collector's monomania. While the story was written in 1887, I've seen modern archivists turn themselves inside [...]


    26. 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 opaque, their thoughts less interminable. The Aspern Papers is my ideal beach read: I can lie back and enjoy the plot and paragraphs, I don't have to parse the language, and at the end I still feel like I've done my brain some good and become a better person. Also a very Venetian book; I hope to rea [...]


    27. Ler ou não ler Os Manuscritos de Aspern?Pela arte prosadora de Henry James? Sim.Pelas personagens? Também.Pelos manuscritos? Ah, isso não.


    28. 'Hypocrisy, duplicity are my only chance. I'm sorry for it, but there's no baseness I wouldn't commit for Jeffrey Aspern's sake.' So says the unnamed narrator of Henry James' The Aspern Papers, a literary scholar who is writing a book about the fictional poet Jeffrey Aspern (loosely based on either Keats or Browning, depending on whose theories you choose to believe). At the beginning of the novella, the narrator discovers that Juliana Bordereau, to whom the poet addressed some of his most beaut [...]


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