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The Aspern Papers (book)

  • Type: Mezzobula
  • Length: 180 pages

The Aspern Papers is a 1888 mezzobula by American author Henry James. - AsNotedIn

I had taken Mrs Prest into my confidence; in truth without her I should have made but little advance, for the fruitful idea in the whole business dropped from her friendly lips. It was she who invented the short cut, who severed the Gordian knot. It is not supposed to be the nature of women to rise as a general thing to the largest and most liberal view - I mean of a practical scheme; but it has struck me that they sometimes throw off a bold conception - such as a man would not have risen to - with singular serenity. "Simply ask them to take you in on the footing of a lodger" - I don't think that unaided I should have risen to that.
Henry James, The Aspern Papers




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Places
  • Grand Canal, Venice We swept in the course of five minutes into the Grand Canal, whereupon she uttered a murmur of ecstasy as fresh as if she had been a tourist just arrived.
  • Piazza San Marco, Venice The wonderful church, with its low domes and bristling embroideries, the mystery of its mosaic and sculpture, looking ghostly in the tempered gloom, and the sea breeze passed between the twin columns of the Piazzetta, ...
  • Venice, Veneto Their name had been mixed up ages before with one of the greatest names of the century, and they lived now in Venice in obscurity, on very small means, unvisited, unapproachable, in a dilapidated old palace on an out-of-the-way canal.

Timeline

Y/M/D Association Description Place Locale Food Event
1872/00/00 Capt Edward A Silsbee Interloper Sea captain and Percy Shelley devotee, Edward A Silsbee, visits Claire Clairmont at No 43 on Via Romana in Florence where she lives with her niece Paulina, and becomes her lodger. Florence Tuscany
1875/00/00 Claire Clairmont gives Edward Silsbee a copy of "The Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley" (London: Moxon, 1870). Clairmont penciled an inscription on the verso of the frontispiece of vol 1. Now in the Pforzheimer Collection at NY Public Library. New York Public Library New York City
1879/07/02 Capt Edward A Silsbee Interloper I have been in treaty for the Shelly letters with Miss Clairmont the elder and her niece, and have always understood that I should have the refusal of them if I would give more than any one else offered - Letter to Charles F Murray from Silsbee, Florence
1887/01/00 Henry James Author Henry James hears the story of how Edward Silsbee became a lodger with the Claire Clairmont her niece Paulina in Florence to obtain the private letters written by Lord Byron and Percy Shelley.
1887/03/00 Henry James Author In the spring of 1887 while staying in the Villa Brichieri-Colombi on Bellosguardo, Henry James begins writing "The Aspern Papers". James' hostess during his eight month stay is Constance Fenimore Woolson who has a year's lease on the villa.
1888/00/00 Henry James Author Henry James finishes "The Aspern Papers" while staying in Venice at the Palazzo Barbaro, a villa owned by Daniel and Ariana Curtis. The desk that Henry James wrote at is still in the Palazzo Barbaro. Palazzi Barbaro, Venice Venice
1888/03/00 Henry James Author "The Aspern Papers" by Henry James is published, the first of three serial instalments, in The Atlantic Monthly.
1888/04/00 The Atlantic Monthly Publisher The second of three installments of "The Aspern Papers" by Henry James is published in The Atlantic Monthly.
1888/05/00 The third and last installment of "The Aspern Papers" by Henry James is published in The Atlantic Monthly.

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Particulars for The Aspern Papers (book):
Art Type Book a written or printed work consisting of pages glued or sewn together along one side and bound in covers.
Human Attribute Countenance a person's face or facial expression
Narrative Arts Fiction prose literature, especially short stories and novels, that describes imaginary events and people
Plants Flowers
Boat Type Gondola a light flat-bottomed boat used on Venetian canals, having a high point at each end and worked by one oar at the stern
Narrative Arts Mezzobula medium form fiction narrative that is longer than a short story, but shorter than a novel
Narrative Arts Narrative Prose ordinary written language which tells a story
Occupation Poet a person who writes poetry, a literary form that uses aesthetic and often rhythmic language
Attribute Queer strange, odd

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Original Language: English



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