The Aspern Papers by Henry James audiobook

The Aspern Papers

By Henry James
Read by Adam Sims

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3.77 Hours Unabridged
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    ISBN: 9781843799870

Arguably the most popular and critically successful of James’ longer works, The Aspern Papers tells the story of a poetry enthusiast and aspiring biographer driven to desperate lengths to procure the last letters of a recently passed American 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 in James’ life and reflecting many of his own reservations about publicity and biographical exploitation, 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.

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Summary

Summary

Arguably the most popular and critically successful of James’ longer works, The Aspern Papers tells the story of a poetry enthusiast and aspiring biographer driven to desperate lengths to procure the last letters of a recently passed American 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 in James’ life and reflecting many of his own reservations about publicity and biographical exploitation, 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The story moves with the rhythmic pace and tension of a mystery story; and the double climax…gives this tale…high drama.” Leon Edel, Pulitzer Prize–winning literary critic
“A plot, according to some critics, starts with a person with a problem. The unnamed narrator of this classic, ably narrated by Adam Sims, doesn’t even know what his real problem is. Sims brings to life the protagonist’s pursuit of some papers concerning the fictional poet Jeffrey Aspern, revealing along the way just how unaware he is of the effects of his actions on those around him. There is a considerable challenge in portraying a character who only inches toward self-awareness. Sims makes him sound young, callow, and almost—but not quite—likable. The narrator’s treatment of Tita Bordereau is callous, but Sims makes clear just who gains and who loses from the connection.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Henry James

Author Bio: Henry James

Henry James (1843–1916), American novelist, short-story writer, and man of letters, was born in Washington Place, New York, to a family of distinguished philosophers and theologians. He attended schools in New York, Boston, and throughout Europe, where he later settled. A major figure in the history of the novel, he is celebrated as a master craftsman who brought his great art and impeccable technique to bear in the development of abiding moral themes.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 3.77
Audience: Adult
Language: English