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Some publishers considered it their responsibility to protect their readers from impropriety; their works were designed to offer a sanctuary from the worries of the outside world. At the same time, however, the increased focus on the experiences of women and the preponderance of female contributors—and, increasingly, editors—for the annuals has more recently begun to be recognized as a more subversive phenomenon, occurring as it did at a time when women had little access to public careers. Further, the recurring use of exotic locales and story lines offered temporary escape from the increasingly restrictive social conditions of the middle class.

These documents (chiefly love letters), he believes, are in the possession of Aspern’s former mistress Juliana Bordereau, who, now elderly and very infirm, lives alone with her middle-aged niece in a crumbling palazzo in Venice. Taking advantage of the two women’s financial straits, the narrator installs himself as a boarder in their home, hoping to find a means of obtaining the papers, if necessary after Juliana’s death. But the stress of waiting proves to be too much for the narrator, who eventually succumbs to the temptations of proximity and attempts to steal the letters.

Stephenson, Gregory. Out of the Dream and into the Night: A Thematic Study of the Work of J. G. Ballard. New York: Greenwood Press, 1991. Paul March Russell BARKER, NICOLA (1966– ) Born in Ely, Cambridgeshire, Nicola Barker spent much of her childhood in South Africa before returning to the United Kingdom to take a place at King’s College, Cambridge. After graduating she worked in a variety of jobs before her first collection, the prize-winning Love Your Enemies, was published to great acclaim in 1993.

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