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An obsessed editor heads to Venice set on gaining papers of the late poet Jeffrey Aspern.

Henry James took as his inspiration for his tale The Aspern Papers the story of a mistress of Byron's who outlived the poet into lonely old age. He transposed the setting to Venice and cast the city he loved as a character in a taut narrative of literary theft and deception.

Episode 1

The lure of previously unseen papers relating to the long-dead poet Jeffrey Aspern brings one of his editors to Venice in the grip of an obsession. He must see them, he must have them; and he will lie and betray in order to do so.

Read by Samuel West.

Abridged and produced by Christine Hall.

0220100427 (BBC7)
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Jeffrey Aspern's devoted literary editor believes he can charm his way into the house.

Episode 2 of The Aspern Papers by Henry James, read by Samuel West.

Jeffrey Aspern's devoted literary editor has broached the palazzo of Aspern's ancient and discarded lover, Miss Juliana Bordereau. He has deceived the fluttering middle-aged niece, Miss Tina, into believing he wants to lodge with them in order to cultivate the garden. Now he has to convince the old lady herself and with great emotion he comes before the Juliana who inspired some of the dead poet's most exquisite lyrics.

Abridged and produced by Christine Hall.

0320100428 (BBC7)
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Jeffrey Aspern's literary editor embarks on a campaign of charming Miss Bordereau's niece.

Episode 3 of The Aspern Papers by Henry James, read by Samuel West.

The collector of memorabilia belonging to the long-dead poet Jeffrey Aspern has secured rooms in the house of Aspern's ancient and withered ex-lover. He has met the old lady and has been startled by her unromantic keenness to relieve him of his money, but he feels any outlay would be worth making to secure the letters and papers he wants. Accordingly, he embarks on a campaign of charming Miss Bordereau's middle-aged niece in order to get her co-operation. Abridged and Produced by Christine Hall.

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The would-be literary thief is no nearer Aspern's letters.

The would-be literary thief is no nearer Aspern's letters. Miss Tina's strangeness starts to irritate him. Read by Samuel West.