A chilling ghost story, wrought with tantalising ambiguity, Henry James' "The Turn of the Screw" is edited with an introduction and notes by David ...Show synopsisA chilling ghost story, wrought with tantalising ambiguity, Henry James' "The Turn of the Screw" is edited with an introduction and notes by David Bromwich in "Penguin Classics". In what Henry James called a 'trap for the unwary', "The Turn of the Screw" tells of a nameless young governess sent to a country house to take charge of two orphans, Miles and Flora. Unsettled by a dark foreboding of menace within the house, she soon comes to believe that something malevolent is stalking the children in her care. But is the threat to her young charges really a malign and ghostly presence or something else entirely? The "Turn of the Screw" is James' great masterpiece of haunting atmosphere and unbearable tension and has influenced subsequent ghost stories and films such as "The Innocents", starring "Deborah Kerr", and "The Others", starring "Nicole Kidman". This "Penguin Classics" edition contains a chronology, further reading, notes and an introduction by David Bromwich examining the dark ambiguity of James' work and the inseparability of narrative from point-of-view. Henry James (1843-1916) son of a prominent theologian, and brother to the philosopher William James, was one of the most celebrated novelists of the fin-de-siecle. In addition to many short stories, plays, books of criticism, biography and autobiography, and much travel writing, he wrote some twenty novels. His novella "Daisy Miller" (1878) established him as a literary figure on both sides of the Atlantic, and his other novels in "Penguin Classics" include "Washington Square" (1880), "The Portrait of a Lady" (1881), "The Awkward Age" (1899), "The Wings of the Dove" (1902), "The Ambassadors" (1903) and "The Golden Bowl" (1904). If you enjoyed "The Turn of the Screw", you might like Edgar Allen Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher", also available in "Penguin Classics". "A most wonderful, lurid, poisonous little tale". (Oscar Wilde).Hide synopsis
Turn of the Screw (W. W. Norton & Company) – Trade paperback (1961)
Henry James, Jr.
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Trade paperback, W. W. Norton & Company 1961
ISBN: 0393096696 ISBN-13: 9780393096699
For lucidity and compactness of style, James's short novels, or novelles, are shining examples of his genius. Few other writings of the century have so captured the American imagination. When "Daisy Miller," the tale of the girl from Schenectady, first appeared in 1878, it was an extraordinary success. James had discovered nothing less than "the American girl"--free spirited, flirtatious, an innocent abroad determined to defy European convention even if it meant scandal . . . or tragedy. But the subtle danger lurking ...Show moreFor lucidity and compactness of style, James's short novels, or novelles, are shining examples of his genius. Few other writings of the century have so captured the American imagination. When "Daisy Miller," the tale of the girl from Schenectady, first appeared in 1878, it was an extraordinary success. James had discovered nothing less than "the American girl"--free spirited, flirtatious, an innocent abroad determined to defy European convention even if it meant scandal . . . or tragedy. But the subtle danger lurking beneath the surface in "Daisy Miller" evolves into a classic tale of terror and obsession in "The Turn Of The Screw." "The imagination, " Henry James said to Bernard Shaw, "has a life if its own." In this blood-curdling story, that imagination weaves the lives of two children, a governess in love with her employer, and a sprawling country house into a flawless story, still unsurpassed as the prototype of modern horror fiction. " "The Turn Of The Screw" seems to have proved more fascinating to the general reading public than anything else of James's except "Daisy Miller.""--Edmund WilsonHide
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Not your usual ghost story, this, written by Henry James, is a terrifying
journey into the unknown. A new governess comes to care for two young
children, Miles and Flora, and soon finds herself defending them
against possible possession by the spirits of their former governess
and the evil Quint, the former valet to the children's absentee father.
As the seeming possessions escalate, the new governess fights against
them with every ounce of her will. While the children insist that
nothing is amiss, the governess continues to become even more steadfast
in her determination to save the children from the demons trying to
possess them, insisting to the children that they own up to the
hauntings, to their cooperation with the spirits, and to the evil with
which they are being afflicted.
What makes this story so compelling is the study of the psychology of
the characters, particularly that of the governess. What makes the
story a "whodunnit" is the interplay between the ever more vigilant
governess, the children, and the spirits themselves. Are the ghosts
really there? Or is the new governess, in her terror and belief,
bringing her own brand of evil into the lives of two innocent children?
Who, indeed, is the possessor?
For anyone who loves a good ghost story, full of atmosphere and gloom,
or for those who love a good psychological character study, "Turn of
The Screw" remains one of the gems of either genre.
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