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ISBN: 1612930999 / ISBN-13: 9781612930992

The Turn of the Screw

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  • The Turn of the Screw (Tribeca Books) – Trade paperback (2011)
    by Henry James

    The Turn of the Screw

    Trade paperback, Tribeca Books
    2011
    English
    122 pages

    ISBN: 1612930999
    ISBN-13: 9781612930992

    The Turn of the Screw is a novella (short novel) written by Henry James. Originally published in 1898, it is ostensibly a ghost story. Due to its ambiguous content, it became a favorite text of academics who subscribe to New Criticism. The novella has had differing interpretations, often mutually exclusive. Many critics have tried to determine the exact nature of the evil hinted at by the story. An unnamed narrator listens to a male friend reading a manuscript written by a former governess whom the friend claims to have ... Show more

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NightReader

A classic psychological thriller

by NightReader on Mar 26, 2008

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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