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The Aspern Papers Book Review Summary

Detailed Plot Synopsis of The Aspern Papers

Another of the prolific Henry James' many masterpieces, The Aspern Papers is set in Venice and is the story of the struggle of a scholar of a poet named Aspern (Byron, in reality) with Aspern's old lover and her daughter over the ownership of Aspern's love letters. The scholar manipulates the lonely and sensitive daughter, professing love for her, to win influence with them so that he can access the coveted letters - the result is both sad and satisfying. Another psychological gem from the master of the genre.
This report prepared by Kelly Whiting








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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   19th century Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scholar Age:    -   40's-50's

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Italy City?    -   Yes City:    -   dirty, grimy (like New York)    -   wealthy Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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