The Aspern Papers (1888) by Henry James
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Great classical music inspired by books
25. The Aspern Papers (1888) by Henry James
Henry James' short novel explores the conflicts involved when a biographer in Venice seeks to pry into the intimate life of his subject. In 1987, Dominick Argento was commissioned by The Dallas Opera to produce an opera of The Aspern Papers. In it, Argento changes Aspern into a composer, not a poet and his former lover Juliana is an opera singer.