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Echoes of the Heart: Henry James’s Evocation of Edgar Allan Poe in “The Aspern Papers”

Department of Humanities, University of Trieste, 34123 Trieste, Italy
Humanities 2021, 10(1), 55; https://doi.org/10.3390/h10010055
Received: 7 January 2021 / Revised: 15 March 2021 / Accepted: 15 March 2021 / Published: 19 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Forms of Literary Relations in Henry James)
This essay re-examines Henry James’s complex relationship with Edgar Allan Poe by focusing on the echoes of one of Poe’s most celebrated tales, “The Tell-Tale Heart” (1843), that later reverberate in James’s “The Aspern Papers” (1888). It highlights the similarities, both in mindset and behavior, between the two stories’ devious and deranged first-person narrators, whose actions result in the death of a fellow human being. It further discusses the narrators’ fear and refusal of their own mortality, which finds expression in their hostility, and barely contained revulsion against a man (in “The Tell-Tale Heart”) and a woman (in “The Aspern Papers”), whose principal defining traits are old age and physical decay. View Full-Text
Keywords: Henry James; Edgar Allan Poe; “The Aspern Papers”; “The Tell-Tale Heart”; narrative voice; old age; violation of privacy; visual scrutiny Henry James; Edgar Allan Poe; “The Aspern Papers”; “The Tell-Tale Heart”; narrative voice; old age; violation of privacy; visual scrutiny
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Buonomo, L. Echoes of the Heart: Henry James’s Evocation of Edgar Allan Poe in “The Aspern Papers”. Humanities 2021, 10, 55. https://doi.org/10.3390/h10010055

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Buonomo L. Echoes of the Heart: Henry James’s Evocation of Edgar Allan Poe in “The Aspern Papers”. Humanities. 2021; 10(1):55. https://doi.org/10.3390/h10010055

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Buonomo, Leonardo. 2021. "Echoes of the Heart: Henry James’s Evocation of Edgar Allan Poe in “The Aspern Papers”" Humanities 10, no. 1: 55. https://doi.org/10.3390/h10010055

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