The Turn of the Screw

About the Author: Henry James

Henry James, OM, son of theologian Henry James Sr., brother of the philosopher and psychologist William James and diarist Alice James, was an American born author, one of the founders and leaders of a school of realism in fiction He spent much of his life in England and became a British subject shortly before his death He is primarily known for a series of major novels in which he portrayed the Henry James, OM, son of theologian Henry James Sr., brother of the philosopher and psychologist William James and diarist Alice James, was an American born author, one of the founders and leaders of a school of realism in fiction He spent much of his life in England and became a British subject shortly before his death He is primarily known for a series of major novels in which he portrayed the encounter of America with Europe His plots centered on personal relationships, the proper exercise of power in such relationships, and other moral questions His method of writing from the point of view of a character within a tale allowed him to explore the phenomena of consciousness and perception, and his style in later works has been compared to impressionist painting.James insisted that writers in Great Britain and America should be allowed the greatest freedom possible in presenting their view of the world, as French authors were His imaginative use of point of view, interior monologue and unreliable narrators in his own novels and tales brought a new depth and interest to realistic fiction, and foreshadowed the modernist work of the twentieth century An extraordinarily productive writer, in addition to his voluminous works of fiction he published articles and books of travel writing, biography, autobiography, and criticism,and wrote plays, some of which were performed during his lifetime with moderate success His theatrical work is thought to have profoundly influenced his later novels and tales


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  • Paperback
  • 131 pages
  • The Turn of the Screw
  • Henry James
  • English
  • 14 March 2018
  • 0140620613

The Turn of the Screw A Very Young Woman S First Job Governess For Two Weirdly Beautiful, Strangely Distant, Oddly Silent Children, Miles And Flora, At A Forlorn EstateAn Estate Haunted By A Beckoning Evil.Half Seen Figures Who Glare From Dark Towers And Dusty Windows Silent, Foul Phantoms Who, Day By Day, Night By Night, Come Closer, Ever Closer With Growing Horror, The Helpless Governess Realizes The Fiendish Creatures Want The Children, Seeking To Corrupt Their Bodies, Possess Their Minds, Own Their SoulsBut Worse Much Worse The Governess Discovers That Miles And Flora Have No Terror Of The Lurking Evil.For They Want The Walking Dead As Badly As The Dead Want Them.

10 thoughts on “The Turn of the Screw

  1. Paquita Maria Sanchez says:

    WORDS WORDS WORDS IS THE HOUSE HAUNTED WORDS WORDS WORDS WORDS WORDS IS SHE CRAZY WORDS WORDS WORDS WORDS ARE THEY ALL CRAZY WORDS WORDS WORDS NO IT MUST BE HAUNTED WORDS WORDS WORDS NO SHE MUST BE CRAZY WORDS WORDS WORDS WORDS WORDS WORDS CRAZY WORDS SICKNESS WORDS WORDS WORDS DEATH THE END.

  2. Traveller says:

    Now you see me, now you don t. What the Meaning, understanding and certainty all become elusive chimera in this ambiguous game of hide and seek that Henry James plays with us Have you ever been in one of those weird situations where you wondered if you were losing your mind, doubting whether what you were seeing was real And what it was that you were seeing This is one of thosewhat the hecknovels that you often find in the modernist genre Not originally classed as a modernist Now you see me, now you don t. What the Meaning, understanding and certainty all become elusive chimera in this ambiguous game of hide and seek that Henry James plays with us Have you ever been in one of those weird situations where you wondered if you were losing your mind, doubting whether what you were seeing was real And what it was that you were seeing This is one of thosewhat the hecknovels that you often find in the modernist genre Not originally classed as a modernist novel, by now it is viewed as one by many modern critics because of the ambiguity and layers that James managed to capture.It is just as slippery and ambiguous and as what on earth is happening here as the most obfuscating of the mo...

  3. Jeffrey Keeten says:

    No, no there are depths, depths TheI go over it, theI see in it, and theI see in it, theI fear I don t know what I don t see what I don t fear Screen shot from the 1961 version of The Innocents based on the James short story.A governess is hired to look after the nephew and niece of a man who has inherited the responsibility for the children after the death of their parents He is very explicit in his instructions to the governess that he is not to be bothered with e No, no there are depths, depths TheI go over it, theI see in it, and theI see in it, theI fear I don t know what I don t see what I don t fear Screen shot from the 1961 version of The Innocents based on the James short story.A governess is hired to look ...

  4. Alex says:

    Turn of the Screw is a pretty cool story It s about a governess who either heroically attempts to protect her two charges from malevolent ghosts or goes dangerously bonkers James leaves it ambiguous and I love that kind of story Ambiguity works for me Four stars for the plot Kindof an abrupt ending though.On the other hand there s his writing style I was at this party once and the topic was what would you do if the world was ending and the answer was generally that we would have all the se Turn of the Screw is a pretty cool story It s about a governess who either heroically attempts to protect her two charges from malevolent ghosts or goes dangerously bonkers James leaves it ambiguous and I love that kind of story Ambiguity works for me Four stars for the plot Kindof an abrupt ending though.On the other hand there s his writing style I was at this party once and the topic was what would you do if the world was ending and the answer was generally that we would have all the sex James writes like the world is ending and he s decided to have all the punctuation Check this entirely typical sentence out I waited, but nothing came then, in the first place and there is somethingdire in this, I feel, than in anything I have to relate I was determined by a sense that, within a minute, all sounds from her had previously dropped and, in the second, by the circumstance that, also within the minute, she had, in her play, t...

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  6. Orsodimondo says:

    I HAVE YOU, BUT HE HAS LOST YOU FOR EVER Questo libro m ha messo i brividi, m ha costretto a leggere solo in presenza del sole per tenermi lontano da buio e tenebre Il film tratto dal breve romanzo di H.James, del 1961 The Innocents, regia di Jack Clayton, sceneggiatura di Truman Capote, con Deborah Kerr nel ruolo di Miss Giddens, nel magico gotico terrificante splendore del CinemaScope in bwI bambini sono o non sono corrotti Sono vittime, complici o addirittura carnefici Gli spettri so I HAVE YOU, BUT HE HAS LOST YOU FOR EVER Questo libro m ha messo i brividi, m ha costretto a leggere solo in prese...

  7. Jibran says:

    my imagination had, in a flash, turned real He did stand there I could not decide whether I wasintrigued by the Gothic thriller or the intricate jalebi of the prose, a truly truly labyrinthine prose, which James employs with great effect for the purpose of dissimulation Folks would later dub it unreliable narration You can trust James to phrase the most simplest of ideas and situations in the most imaginative of ways without making a fool of you but if you still insist on cl my imagination had, in a flash, turned real He did stand there I could not decide whether I wasintrigued by the Gothic thriller or the intricate jalebi of the prose, a truly truly labyrinthine prose, which James employs with great effect for the purpose of dissimulation Folks would later dub it unreliable narration You can trust James to phrase the most simplest of ideas and situations in the most imaginative of ways without making a fool of you but if you still insist on clarity, go ahead and tell us whether the governess really did see the ghost or was it all a figment of her overexcited imagination In any case, this is one of the finest examples of a story where the style of writing itself suggests ideas to the reader without stating anything in concrete terms I re read it in one sitting, with racing heart and damp underarms, and, probably my blood pressure also shot up, if only metapho...

  8. Anne says:

    Redonkulous Where s my SPOOKYI mean, I thought I d get a few good jump scares out of a book with possessed children in it You know what didn t happen, not even once, while I was listening to this book THIS I m not sure why my teenage self thought The Turn of the Screw was worth 4 stars, but my older than teenage self certainly doesn t.On the surface, it seems like this should be a winne...

  9. Sean Gibson says:

    There is a presumption that a book, if written concurrent with a certain time period during which a ruler of notable longevity reigned and originating from an area of the world long known, during that time period in particular, for an effusiveness of style in excess of that which may be, at a minimum, absolutely required to convey a particular message or idea, may, on occasion, if not predominantly and generally, tend toward a style that, when compared and contrasted with styles of later writers There is a presumption that a book, if written concurrent with a certain time period during which a ruler of notable lon...

  10. Lizzy says:

    It was as if, while I took in what I did take in all the rest of the scene had been stricken with death I can hear again, as I write, the intense hush in which the sounds of evening dropped The rooks stopped cawing in the golden sky, and the friendly hour lost, for the minute, all its voice But there was no other change in nature, unless indeed it were a change that I saw with a stranger sharpness Oh, I was not scared maybe just a little the last two days reading the The Turn of the ScIt was as if, while I took in what I did take in all the rest of the scene had been stricken with death I can hear again, as I write, the intense hush in which the sounds of evening dropped The rooks stopped cawing in the golden sky, and the friendly hour lost, for the minute, all its voice But there was no other change in nature, unless indeed it were a change that I saw with a stranger sharpness Oh, I was not scared maybe just a little the last two days reading the The Turn of the Screw, but I was intrigued, and, I have to confess, confused by Henry James beautiful but mazelike prose How he likes to dissimulate, and you can trust him to phrase his ideas and situations in a most imaginative way He plays with the reader So don t go looking for clarity, if you do that as I may have done, or tried to until I realized it was in vain you will be lost But if you insist on clarity, just try to decide whether the governess real...