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The Turn of the Screw and Other Stories (Oxford World's Classics) [Paperback]

Henry James , T. J. Lustig
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2 April 1998 Oxford World's Classics
A young, inexperienced governess is charged with the care of Miles and Flora, two small children abandoned by their uncles at his grand country house. She sees the figure of an unknown man on the tower and his face at the window. It is Peter Quint, the master's dissolute valet, and he has come for little Miles. But Peter Quint is dead. Like the other tales collected here - `Sir Edmund Orme', `Owen Wingrave', and `The Friends of the Friends' - `The Turn of the Screw' is to all immediate appearances a ghost story. But are the appearances what they seem? Is what appears to the governess a ghost or a hallucination? Who else sees what she sees? The reader may wonder whether the children are victims of corruption from beyond the grave, or victims of the governess's `infernal imagination', which torments but also entrals her? `The Turn of the Screw' is probably the most famous, certainly the most eerily equivocal, of all ghostly tales. Is it a subtle, self-conscious exploration of the haunted house of Victorian culture, filled with echoes of sexual and social unease? Or is it simply, `the most hopelessly evil story that we have ever read'? The texts are those of the New York Edition, with a new Introduction and Notes.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; New edition edition (2 April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192834045
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192834041
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.5 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 990,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Henry James was born in 1843 in Washington Place, New York, of Scottish and Irish ancestry. His father was a prominent theologian and philosopher and his elder brother, William, is also famous as a philosopher. He attended schools in New York and later in London, Paris and Geneva, entering the Law School at Harvard in 1862. In 1865 he began to contribute reviews and short stories to American journals. In 1875, after two prior visits to Europe, he settled for a year in Paris, where he met Flaubert, Turgenev and other literary figures. However, the next year he moved to London, where he became so popular in society that in the winter of 1878-9 he confessed to accepting 107 invitations. In 1898 he left London and went to live at Lamb House, Rye, Sussex. Henry James became a naturalized citizen in 1915, was awarded the Order of Merit and died in 1916.

In addition to many short stories, plays, books of criticism, autobiography and travel, he wrote some twenty novels, the first published being Roderick Hudson (1875). They include The Europeans, Washington Square, The Portrait of a Lady, The Bostonians, The Princess Casamassima, The Tragic Muse, The Spoils of Poynton, The Awkward Age, The Wings of the Dove, The Ambassadors and The Golden Bowl.


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"A most wonderful, lurid, poisonous little tale" (Oscar Wilde)

"It really does turn your blood cold" (Colm Tóibín)

"Technically, he is extraordinarily brilliant, and stylistically he's wonderful" (David Lodge)

"Henry James is as solitary in the history of the novel as Shakespeare is in the history of poetry" (Graham Greene)

"[James] is the most intelligent man of his generation" (T. S. Eliot) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The famous and terrifying story in an edition which includes a unique selection of Henry James's ghost stories --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrifying tale 27 Jun 2008
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Unlike some of the other reviewers here I still think this is the creepiest book I've ever read, and all the more terrifying for the fact that James never articulates what's going on - he simply leaves your imagination to float free and conjure up all your worse nightmares. Yes, he's never an easy read (though this is far more accessible than Wings of the Dove, The Golden Bowl etc) but I think his very stately, mannered sentences and diction actually add to the horror of the story. Don't read this if you're expecting Stephen King or The Exorcist - James expects his readers to make the effort to read properly. Someone called this (possibly James himself?)'the most poisonous little tale I could imagine' and I think that's a perfect description - when I re-read it, it was on the tube with bright lights and lots of people around as I couldn't face reading it at home alone!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ghostly 17 Sep 2012
By pip
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Only just started to read the story but it feels chilling. The speed which you can get the books from kindle is brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Gothic - Brilliant 4 Jun 2014
By Lwcus
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Convoluted sentences that are to be expected - not necessarily an easy read, but very gripping and enjoyable. I recommend. I also love the ambiguity of the sentence structures and how they can mean different things, which only adds to the delightful confusion over what actually goes/went on.
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