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The Turn of the Screw (Dover Thrift Editions) [Paperback]

Henry James
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2 Jan 2000 Dover Thrift Editions
One of literature's most gripping ghost stories depicts the sinister transformation of 2 innocent children into flagrant liars and hypocrites. Elegantly told tale of unspoken horror and psychological terror creates what few stories in literature have been able to do — a complete feeling of dread and uncertainty.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.; Reprinted edition edition (2 Jan 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486266842
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486266848
  • Product Dimensions: 20.7 x 13.5 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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American author Henry James (1843–1916) spent most of his career in Europe and ultimately adopted British citizenship. A prolific writer of criticism, biography, and travel-related books and articles, James is known above all for his highly influential novels, which frequently explore the clash of Old and New World cultures.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrifying ghost story 27 Jun 2008
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
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 critical debate, 10 Dec 2008
* Henry James's The Turn of the Screw has inspired a divided critical debate, the likes of which the literary world has rarely seen. When the short novel was first published in 1898, it was published in three different versions, as a serial in Collier's Weekly and in book form with another tale, in both American and English editions. James later revised the story and published it in 1908 in the twelfth volume of the New York Edition of The Novels and Tales of Henry James. It is the 1908 version that the author preferred and to which most modern critics refer. However, no matter what version readers encounter, they may find themselves falling into one of two camps supported by critics to this day. Either the story is an excellent example of the type of ghost story that was popular at the end of the nineteenth century or it is a psychoanalytic study of the hallucinations of a madwoman.
* As a ghost story, then the tale details the classic struggle between good and evil and dealings with the supernatural. If one takes it as a psychoanalytic study, then the story emphasizes sexual repression and the sources of insanity. In either case, The Turn of the Screw has delighted readers for more than a century and continues to serve as one of the many examples of James's literary artistry, among such other notable works as The American, The Ambassadors, and The Portrait of a Lady.
* Adaptations:
1. The Innocents, 1961, Deborah Kerr
2. The Nightcomers [1972] director Michael Winner: When their parents die in an accident, Flora and Miles are cared for by Miss Jessel (Beacham) the governess and Mrs Grose (Hird) the housekeeper. But it is really Quint (Brando), the Irish servant, who really runs the house and particularly Miss Jessel who submits herself totally to him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic 9 July 2012
By Pepper
This is a really good thought-provoking mystery. The ending brings more questions than answers, as one must ask themselves whether it was a ghost story or a tale of madness. A true classic.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 31 May 2014
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Like many, I have always avoided this as I was afraid of its ending. When the book arrived I was so surprised at its slimness - a novella in fact - and a lot has been read into the story by many where things do not appear. It didn't move me but it may another reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Turn of the Screw 11 Dec 2013
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I caught the last 20 minutes or so of a play on TV, had no idea what it was about and it wasn't being repeated!!! I found out what it was called and who wrote it so I bought it. Will enjoy reading it
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4.0 out of 5 stars Turn of the screw 30 Jan 2012
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There were two reason behind choosing this book, firstly this is one of the books my daughter is studying at AS level and the second I decided to select for our monthly book club.

I was very pleased to have read this novella, found it difficult at first as I am an accomplished skimmer of most books, however this was not possible as the sheer density of language and without intense concentration it would be easy to lose track of events or miss something quite important. The ending left a number of questions to be answered which is good for open discussion along with the Governesses state of mind.

Very much worth reading, however not a beach holiday book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delivery update 26 Oct 2011
By L. Hunt
the book "the turn of the screw was delivered to my house in days, fast delivery and very happy with the service. reading book now after minutes of receiving it and overall, a good book. strongly recommend to buy
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No one should ever miss reading this short story, it is an experience that will bring tingles of spookiness and outright fright. Unlike those spook stories that push those buttons in us that rather like a bit of a fright, a bit of a thrill, this ghost story touches those places in our psyches that prefer to remain dormant. It is a book that digs right into our primal fears in the most economical and surprising way. We are not prepared by what we experience through fear and suspense (although the opening does titilate our palette with the prospect of possessed children) but are dropped right into a frightening scenario after having been some while in a nursery with children going about their everyday routine with their new governess. Even to this day after so many critiques and analyses it is not possible to conclude about this story. We are left in a state of shock whether we regard the governess as out of her tree or whether we go the other route of belief in the supernatural. To date there has never been anything like this story.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Starts out like a ghost story and ends up ... nowhere
The opening of this Victorian novella is that it's someone listening to a friend reading a manuscript or letter from someone he knew who once was a governess, and oh gosh, the... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Traxy
4.0 out of 5 stars Godd but heavy going at times.
This is a classic ghost story which is very atmospheric and creepy. I enjoyed it and would recommend it but just be aware it was written a long time ago and the language can be... Read more
Published on 8 April 2012 by Rich
3.0 out of 5 stars Creepy but the flowery prose got in the way
This is a very short book of around 130 pages and is about a governess who is given charge of two small children whose parents have died. Read more
Published on 28 Nov 2011 by J. Willis
2.0 out of 5 stars like banging your fingers with a hammer
I always heard about the famous "the turn of the screw" by the even more famous Henry James, and thus decided to give it a go. Read more
Published on 6 Oct 2010 by T. Angevin
3.0 out of 5 stars the turn of the screw
very quick delivery, but if you have to wear glasses this is not the copy for you
the print is so small you need a magnifying glass to read it
Published on 6 Feb 2010 by Mr. Martin White
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Dated, and too short
I read this book some time ago, and I thought then that the story line wasn't too bad, but sadly it is a very short book, and yes, it is dated. Read more
Published on 4 Feb 2010 by The reader
1.0 out of 5 stars Stuff and nonsense
If I had read this story in 1907 when it was first published I might have been impressed. Now it just belongs in the corner of a pile of dusty old curiosities. Read more
Published on 6 Sep 2009 by Gargantua Pantaloon
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