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❶He was one of five children, notably including William James and Alice James. I leave Venice immediately.

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So says the unnamed narrator of Henry James' The Aspern Papers, a literary scholar who is writing a book about the fictional poet Jeffrey Aspern (loosely based on either Keats or Browning, depending on whose theories you choose to believe)/5.

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In The Aspern Papers, published in , Henry James explores the price of fame, the loss of privacy, and the persistent demands of an obsessed public.

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THE ASPERN PAPERS By Henry James First American book edition, Macmillan and Co., The Aspern Papers () is a period drama, co-written, co-produced and directed by Julien Landais, based on Jean Pavans' scenic adaptation of Henry James' eponymous novel. The film stars Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Joely Richardson and Vanessa Redgrave; Academy Award-winner James Ivory acting as executive producer.

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The Search for Aspern's Papers The nameless main character, who narrates the story, comes to Venice to acquire some very special documents. He is an American literary scholar whose specialty is the celebrated poet Jeffrey Aspern (a writer made up by James), who died young nearly a century before. The Aspern Papers, novelette by Henry James, published in , first in The Atlantic Monthly (March–May) and then in the collection The Aspern Papers, Louisa Pallant, The Modern Warning.