The Turn of the Screw
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... show more
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 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 Wilson
Publish date: September 15th 1993
Publisher: Everyman Paperbacks
Pages no: 176
Edition language: English
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, Classic Literature
Henry James' "The Turn of the Screw" follows a popular convention in classic horror that the story is presented to us with a wrap around narration. At a party people are encouraged to tell each other creepy tales and this one is told to them (and us) by the recipient of correspondence from the gover...
I had gone into this expecting to be spooked, but I mostly got confused instead. The main narrator's propensity to jump to conclusions without any solid proof and instantly believing them as truths made me question her reliability. The writing certainly doesn't help—it's dense and convoluted, even s...
Holy Wall of Text Batman! This short novella took so long to read because I had to put down my NOOK and give my eyes a break. There is a story there buried deep in the paragraph-length run on sentences, but damn if I could follow along well enough to describe it to you. I just didn't care about any ...
aka Words, Words Everywhere. I've read my share of VIctorian Era writing, so I am quite familiar with just how wordy it can be. But this...this was beyond. Honestly, had I been reading this as opposed to listening to it I'd have DNF'd it for sure. Even with the superb narration, there were a few t...
by Henry James After reading the first couple of chapters, I actually went onto Wikipedia to find out what this story is about. I felt like I had come into the middle of something that hadn't been explained. This is actually not unusual for stories written around the turn of the century. They ha...