This new edition includes extracts from James's Prefaces and Notebooks which shed light on the genesis of the stories. The book is perfectly readable and fit for use, although it shows signs of previous ownership. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. A journalist feels he must guard and nurture the reputation of Neil Paraday, an ailing novelist he admires. In addition to many short stories, plays, books of criticism, autobiography and travel, he wrote some twenty novels, the first published being Roderick Hudson 1875. If the theme of the artist seems a bit esoteric, the execution is anything but. The spine may show signs of wear.
Dust cover is intact; pages are clean and are not marred by notes or folds of any kind. The style is consistently Jamesian - which is to say, for me, impossible. These are not easy reads, nor are they for those who have little patience in unravelling the somewhat more intricate sentence structures than you'd commonly encounter elsewhere. In this instance, I was able to forget the tortuous style because the tale itself, the characters, the settings, were so good. But this is an excellent selection — and worth it for the inclusion of the magnificent Aspern Papers alone. A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition.
I especially enjoy all of the Oxford World Classics versions of James, something to do with the way the paper feels and the font they use. They show how James, by minutely adjusting a few words or phrases, could change the entire tenor of a story. Small stain on text block. James can be exasperatingly self-conscious and long-winded in his last phase of his career, but in his shorter fiction he seems to place his plot first so that at the very least, you still get a very interesting yarn which keeps you guessing to the end. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. So in wickedly funny The Aspern Papers you are kept guessing: will the indefatigable critic get the poet's papers in the end? So yes, I do agree with what Michael Gotta declares in his introduction.
Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. You know James will hoodwink you and if you think so, you're right but such is his skill and his technique that despite them being mere McGuffins, you'd probably read these two stories to the very last sentence once you embarked on them and I kid you not. About this Item: Oxford University Press, Incorporated. At first he feels he can never accept the proposal, but gradually he begins to change his mind. This collection brings together four pieces of work which have a common subject matter — the relationship between authors, readers, and the texts which join them. A Firenze, il narratore del terzo racconto pensa di utilizzare la propria storia come exemplum per aiutare, con i saggi consigli della maturità, un giovane a non commettere i suoi stessi errori, ma finisce per distruggere le proprie certezze e perdere il senso del proprio passato. Edited and with an introduction and notes by Adrian Poole.
The narrator presents himself to the old woman as a prospective lodger and is prepared to court her niece Miss Tita renamed Miss Tina in later editions , a plain, somewhat naive spinster, in hopes of getting a look at some of Aspern's letters and other papers kept by Juliana. I've always wanted to, but never been able. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. © 1996 - 2019 AbeBooks Inc. 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. I especially enjoy all of the Oxford World Classics versions of James, something to do with the way the paper feels and the font they use. The book is still very readable, and the price has been adjusted accordingly.
But the stories themselves are rather straightforward, and humorous too, believe it or not. I found the style as excruciating as ever, but the story was wonderful, if predictable - I knew exactly where it was heading, unfortunately because you really don't want it to go there , but it was riveting all the same. They were written to and in the possession of Juliana Bordereau, an elderly American woman who was his lover many years ago. It starred as Miss Tina and as the narrator. During his residence with them, the editor wins the friendship of Miss Tina, to whom he reveals his mission.
The spine may show signs of wear. This reliance reveals a real lack of understanding, you can't explain something you don't understand, and it is also why he struggles to depict women and relationships he never married. The narrator never sees the precious papers, but he does send Miss Tita some money for the miniature portrait of Aspern that she gives him. I especially enjoy all of the Oxford World Classics versions of James, something to do with the way the paper feels and the font they use. Henry James was born in 1843 in New York and died in London in 1916.
This book has clearly been well maintained and looked after thus far. About this Item: Oxford University Press, 1983. Money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. As well as the title story, this collection includes The Private Life, The Middle Years, and The Death of the Lion. 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 Short Introduction 2005. The dust jacket for hard covers may not be included.
About this Item: Oxford University Press, Incorporated. Henry James at the height of his prowess, in a collection of novellas and stories centering around the artist, his dedication to art, and to the adulation critics or admirers sometimes bestow on the artist. Please note this book is over 20 years old. If this book is over 5 years old, then please expect the pages to be yellowing or to have age spots. James never wrote more pointedly about the pleasures and pains of the writer, or more wittily about the public that seeks to profit from him. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions.