"Felony" is the story of the literary treachery that took place at No. 43 via Romana, Florence, where Claire Clairmont, once lover of Lord Byron and mother of his daughter Allegra, lived until her death in 1879. It is also the story on Henry Jame's brilliant novella "The Aspern Papers", which is based on that household and the nefarious doings of the lodger there, Edward Augustus Silsbee, thief and Shelleyite. "Felony" is about the misdemeanours inherent in writing - theft, false memory, plagiarism and greed for celebrity - and it demonstrates too the embarrassment and shame suffered in their quest.
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Set in Florence in the 1870s, the story is the background to Henry James?s The Aspern Papers, based on the household of Claire Clairmont, once lover of Lord Byron, and the nefarious doings of her lodger, Edward Silsbee, literary thief.
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Emma Tennant was born in London and spent her childhood in Scotland. Her most recent books were Strangers, Girlitude, Burnt Diaries and A House in Corfu.
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Book Description Vintage, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110099283972