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Another Look: Henry James's "The Aspern Papers" – a Zoom webinar


August 24, 2020 – August 24, 2020
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The Another Look book club is partnering with the Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute (DCI), to host a special Zoom discussion of Henry James's short 1888 classic, The Aspern Papers. The event will take place at 3-4:30 p.m. on Monday, August 24. (The earlier-than-usual hour is planned to welcome Another Look fans in other time zones.) The discussion will also be recorded and posted afterwards. Like all our events, it's free and open to the public.

Tobias Wolff and Robert Pogue Harrison will lead the discussion. Acclaimed author Robert Harrison, professor of French and Italian, writes regularly for The New York Review of Books and hosts the popular talk show, Entitled Opinions. Novelist Tobias Wolff, a Stanford professor emeritus of English, is the recipient of the National Medal of Arts.

The Aspern Papers was inspired Percy Bysshe Shelley's correspondence with Claire Clairmont, the stepsister of his wife Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, author of Frankenstein. (Shelley's novel was featured in our January 2017 event.) Clairmont cherished the letters until her death.

In James's The Aspern Papers, an elderly invalid who once was the beloved of a renowned American poet Jeffrey Aspern lives in seclusion with her spinster niece in a Venetian palazzo. The unnamed narrator goes through elaborate machinations to gain access to her private papers and literary relics from the long-ago romance.

There are many editions of The Apern Papers available online and in print.

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Monday, Aug 24, 2020 3:00 PM

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