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The Turn of the Screw: Complete, Authoritative Text with Biographical, Historical, and Cultural Contexts, Critical History, and Essays from C (Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism) [Paperback]

Henry James
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  • Paperback: 428 pages
  • Publisher: Bedford Books; 3 edition (1 Dec 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312597061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312597061
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 185,874 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for exam use 21 April 2014
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Perfect for A level (or other exam) use. Contains relevant context points, as well as helpful essays and other information. Recommended by many exam boards and specifically by my teacher, and did not disappoint.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Victorian psychological thriller 18 Feb 2013
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Henry James may be out of fashion these days but let's not forget what made him a giant of his time. A Turn of the Screw is James at his best. Each page is dripping with the rich language he was a master at writing. His buttery prose tells a story which, although short, has spawned thousands of pages of analysis. Up front just a ghost story but underneath a tale of class discrimination, Victorian social secrecy and mental break down.
This is a story you will read again and again and the extra material in the book will shed even more light (or ask new questions!) about it. Henry James knew how to get inside our heads.
So, make sure you are alone on a dark evening, turn down the lights and enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ... Timeless ... 3 Jan 2012
By Lea - Published on Amazon.com
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I've just finished reading "The Turn Of The Screw" by Henry James, a nineteenth century classic novella which can be read on various different levels. I read the 2003 edition, "The Turn Of The Screw: Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism", which includes the "Complete, Authoritative Text with Biographical, Historical, and Cultural Contexts, Critical History, and Essays from Contemporary Critical Perspectives", edited by Peter Beidler - I enjoyed both Henry James' story, and this edition's analyses, immensely.

To begin with a short summary of the plot - set in the 1840s, written by James in 1897, and published in 1898 - a young woman is employed as governess to two children, Flora and Miles, by their absent uncle. She is to live at their magnificent country mansion, and is directed not to contact their uncle in London at all, but to take on all responsibility for their care. She learns that their previous governess died tragically, after falling pregnant to another 'lower' servant, who also died suddenly. And she begins to see apparitions of these two 'sinister' ghosts - written in the first-person, the reader sees the governess's viewpoint, ruminations and thoughts - the text draws the reader into her firm beliefs that these two ghosts are intent on 'grasping' and 'possessing' the two 'angelic' children. If you want to know more - I can recommend you read it.

Did James intend "The Turn Of The Screw" to be a simple ghost story? Should we presume that the ghosts, as we see them through the eyes of the governess, are real? Is this fictional world's reality truly as she sees it? Or, as analyses have suggested, are we in fact reading the story of a nineteenth century woman's psychological break-down in reaction to Victorian sexual repression? And did James intend to critique the rigid class system, and rigid gender roles, of Victorian England, as modern analyses further suggest?

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4.0 out of 5 stars A great edition for "The Turn of the Screw" 9 Jan 2014
By Chris Stuart - Published on Amazon.com
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This anthology was put together in a way that gives the reader a great perspective of what motivated James to write a ghost story at the end of the 19th Century. The introduction to the story is comprehensive, the story is annotated well (however several annotations were incorrect), and the articles and theory explanations are well done and add depth to the understanding of James's story. If you are looking for a solid understanding of the time period and the motivation behind the story, this anthology is a great choice.
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible value, excellent resource 13 Nov 2013
By Nora - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent little book for anyone who wants a copy of The Turn of the Screw. For that alone it's reasonably priced, but it also has several very interesting essay regarding this literary classic. It's very insightful and it was perfect to use for my graduate level Literary Theory class and my research paper. For the price, I highly recommend it if you just want a nice copy of the book, need a scholarly source, or just want some interesting insights into James' ghost story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I needed for class 10 Aug 2013
By jsrountree - Published on Amazon.com
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The book was brand new. It was exactly what I needed for class down to the page number. Shipping was quick and cheap.
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