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Product Details

  • 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: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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By Olivia Lin on January 21, 2015
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