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October 2012
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“She had had everything a girl could have: kindness, admiration, bonbons, bouquets, the sense of exclusion from none of the privileges of the world she lived in, abundant opportunity for dancing, plenty of new dresses, the London Spectator, the latest publications, the music of Gounod, the poetry of Browning, the prose of George Eliot.” —Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady

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“She had had everything a girl could have: kindness, admiration, bonbons, bouquets, the sense of exclusion from none of the privileges of the world she lived in, abundant opportunity for dancing, plenty of new dresses, the London Spectator, the latest publications, the music of Gounod, the poetry of Browning, the prose of George Eliot.” —Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady

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July 2012
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July 2012
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She feels in italics and thinks in CAPITALS.

 - Henry James, The Portable Henry James
June 2012
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Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.

 - Henry James (via excessivebookshelf)
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April 2012
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“She feels in italics and thinks in CAPITALS.” -Henry James
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“She feels in italics and thinks in CAPITALS.” -Henry James

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January 2012
31
 The Aspern Papers by Henry James
*This is one of the many required reads for this semester. These types of reviews will consist more of what we discussed in class than my thoughts on the work. 
A nameless narrator goes to Venice to locate Juliana Bordereau, an old lover of Jeffrey Aspern, a famous and now dead American poet. The narrator presents himself to the old woman as a prospective lodger and is prepared to court her niece Miss Tita (renamed Miss Tina in later editions), a plain, somewhat naive spinster, in hopes of getting a look at some of Aspern’s letters and other papers kept by Juliana
I really enjoyed this short story by James. The thing I found to be most interesting was it’s based off of real events. I believe it was Lord Byron’s papers and took place in England, though. I feel like that has a lot to do with the idea of literature more than just a fictional story, but as a historical narrative. I also enjoyed the writing. I hadn’t gotten to read James before, but his writing is very engaging. My professor kept saying that it was a funny story, but I politely disagree. I did really enjoy it, but I didn’t find it as comical as he explained it would be. I would suggest reading it and I will be reading more of James’ work in the future.
3/5

 The Aspern Papers by Henry James

*This is one of the many required reads for this semester. These types of reviews will consist more of what we discussed in class than my thoughts on the work. 

A nameless narrator goes to Venice to locate Juliana Bordereau, an old lover of Jeffrey Aspern, a famous and now dead American poet. The narrator presents himself to the old woman as a prospective lodger and is prepared to court her niece Miss Tita (renamed Miss Tina in later editions), a plain, somewhat naive spinster, in hopes of getting a look at some of Aspern’s letters and other papers kept by Juliana

I really enjoyed this short story by James. The thing I found to be most interesting was it’s based off of real events. I believe it was Lord Byron’s papers and took place in England, though. I feel like that has a lot to do with the idea of literature more than just a fictional story, but as a historical narrative. I also enjoyed the writing. I hadn’t gotten to read James before, but his writing is very engaging. My professor kept saying that it was a funny story, but I politely disagree. I did really enjoy it, but I didn’t find it as comical as he explained it would be. I would suggest reading it and I will be reading more of James’ work in the future.

3/5

January 2012
18

We are divided of course between liking to feel the past and liking to feel it familiar; the difficulty is, for intensity, to catch it at moment when the scales of the balance hang with the right evenness.

 - Henry James, The Aspren Papers