"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)
The famous and terrifying story in an edition which includes a unique selection of Henry James's ghost stories
A young governess is sent to a great country house to care for two orphaned children. To begin with Flora and Miles seem to be model pupils but gradually the governess starts to suspect that something is very wrong with them. As she sets out to uncover the corrupt secrets of the house she becomes more and more convinced that something evil is watching her.
About the Author
Henry James was born on 15 April 1843 in New York to a wealthy and intellectual family and as a youth travelled widely and studied in Europe. He briefly studied law at Harvard before he took up writing full-time. His first novel, Watch and Ward
, was published in 1871 and many followed including Roderick Hudson
(1875), Portrait of a Lady
(1881), The Awkward Age
(1899), The Wings of the Dove
(1902), The Ambassadors
(1903) and The Golden Bowl
(1904). He also wrote short stories, reviews, biographies, plays and travel books. After a brief period in Paris, James moved to London.He later settled in Rye in Sussex and became a British citizen in 1915. Henry James died on 28 February 1916.