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Born in 1843, Henry James was of Scottish and Irish ancestry. He started writing short stories and reviews for American journals in 1875 and then went on to write some twenty highly popular and influential novels, including The Portrait of a Lady and The Bostonians. He died in 1916. Anthony Curtis is a literary journalist and critic. He has published a number of books about Somerset Maugham.
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  • Series: Penguin Classics
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed. edition (September 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141439904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141439907
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aniko Carmean on January 11, 2015
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The sharing of scary stories on Christmas Eve is a European tradition that does not seem to have made it to shores of the New World. Luckily, we have an account of one such evening in The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James. To this modern day reader, the effect is one of looking through a telescope and discovering I can see the past. It makes me nostalgic for slower days, when people had time and inclination to sit and tell stories, rather than chase their next digital high. Perhaps the scariest aspect of The Turn of the Screw is the sense I got of my own modern isolation. The internet and smartphones connect us twenty-four/seven, but the connections are attenuated by the electronic mediators and the physical distance. Even when we are close, someone puts a screen between us to snap photo evidence to feed the sickly web that these days passes for friendship.

The Turn of the Screw opens with a group of people sharing stories. They take a common thrill from the latest tale, which involved a child who saw a ghost; such an event is commonplace in modern horror, but I am given to think that this was something shocking in James's time. The story tellers provide the narrative frame for the main action, and engage in some witty dialog, including the famous question, "If [one] child gives the effect another turn of the screw [of emotions], what do you say to two children?" So begins the main action, which is read from a written account some twenty years kept in secret. The introductory frame is not returned to, and the absence of the return of these witty characters increases the shock of horror at the end of the framed tale, as well as exacerbates my modern isolation.
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Henry James’s 1898 novella “The Turn of the Screw” has remained one of my favorite books since I first read this work in high school some decades back. As an adolescent, I had struggled through James’s intricate and often stilted prose; nonetheless, I found the story itself absolutely captivating! Over the years, I have reread “The Turn of the Screw” many times and still find the story fresh and intriguing. I also have watched many different dramatizations of it on TV and film to gain greater insight into the author’s intention and style. In critical literary circles, the debate rages over whether this tale is a supernatural or a psychological one: in other words, are the “apparitions” at Bly House truly ghostly manifestations or the result of a delusional woman’s own fantasy? (Freudian scholars in particular have had a “field day” with this novella!) From the start, I had made up my mind that it was indeed a tale of the supernatural and, after just reading “The Turn of the Screw” once again, still adhere to this view.

Certainly, I believe, Henry James provides enough clues in this story for just such an interpretation. Most critically, the new governess is able to provide a detailed description of the deceased Peter Quint and Miss Jessel, even though she has neither seen nor heard of them prior to the latter’s “visitations.” Additionally, the “queer” behavior (as in the nineteenth-century usage meaning “odd” or “unusual”) of the children Miles and Flora indicate that something indeed is very amiss at Bly. The fact that the governess alone appears to witness these apparitions does not contradict this reading; as is common in supernatural tales, ghosts can manifest themselves to whomever they please.
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I haven't read any novels by Henry James before and I'm glad that I started off with his gothic novel (well I had to read it for class).

The story is interesting because you never quite know what is going on. It seems like the ghosts are real but the POV is from the person seeing them, and it could all be in her head. The Governess isn't the best character, but I believe that makes the reader question her even more.

And I recommend checking out the film, The Innocents (1961), which is the best film based on this novel.

I recommend checking this classic out if you enjoy ghost stories or gothic fiction.
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By Olivia Lin on January 21, 2015
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Good book
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. B. on December 27, 2014
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