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I remember seeing the film version of this novel as a very young girl and fell in love with the story then. Very romantic, set in Italy; poignant and rather frightening at the same time. The book, of course, is even better! Henry James, to me is the Master of things "not said", and the undercurrents are the mysterious parts of his beautiful tales.--Submitted by Anonymous
The Aspern Papers is a story about one man's literary obsession with Jeffrey Aspern, a famous poet. Our man is an editor of Aspern's work who is desperate to obtain a collection of his letters. He believes these to belong to one of Jeffrey's old girlfriends, Juliana, who was the subject of many of Jeffrey's poems back in their younger days. The aged Juliana and her niece live in Venice, and our man's aim is to rent rooms in their large house in order to find a way to get at the papers. Lovely descriptions of Venice and interesting characters make this an enjoyable read. It is also a study in the ways that obsession can cloud your view and your judgment.--Submitted by Karen Hill.
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