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Published: 14 February 2013

288 Pages


ISBN: 9780199639878

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The Aspern Papers and Other Stories

New Edition

Henry James
Edited by Adrian Poole

Oxford World's Classics

  • A unique one-volume selection of stories centred on 'The Aspern Papers', which focuses on one of James's great themes, the figure of the artist and the attempted exploitation of the man behind the artist.
  • 'The Aspern Papers' is one of James's best-known and most accomplished novellas, whose plot foreshadows the modern cult of the writer as celebrity, and the hunger to uncover previously unseen writings.
  • Introduction by distinguished James scholar Adrian Poole explores the central theme of all four stories and their literary contexts.
  • Reproduces the definitive New York Edition text and includes relevant extracts from James's Prefaces and Notebooks in which the origins and development of the stories are described.
  • Appendix on stage and screen versions of 'The Aspern Papers'.
  • Appendix of variant readings.
  • Informative notes.

New to this Edition:

  • New selection of stories to accompany 'The Aspern Papers': previously 'The Private Life', 'The Middle Years', and 'The Death of the Lion'; now 'The Death of the Lion', 'The Figure in the Carpet', and 'The Birthplace', all concerned with the pursuit of the man behind the artist.
  • New Introduction.
  • New Select Bibliography.
  • New appendices containing extracts from James's Notebooks and on stage and screen versions of 'The Aspern Papers'.
  • New and revised notes.

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