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The Turn of the Screw and the Aspern Papers (Penguin Classics) Paperback – September 30, 2003
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In 1869, and then in 1872-74, he paid visits to Europe and began his first novel, Roderick Hudson. Late in 1875 he settled in Paris, where he met Turgenev, Flaubert, and Zola, and wrote The American (1877). In December 1876 he moved to London, where two years later he achieved international fame with Daisy Miller. Other famous works include Washington Square (1880), The Portrait of a Lady (1881), The Princess Casamassima(1886), The Aspern Papers (1888), The Turn of the Screw (1898), and three large novels of the new century,The Wings of the Dove (1902), The Ambassadors (1903) and The Golden Bowl (1904). In 1905 he revisited the United States and wrote The American Scene (1907).
During his career he also wrote many works of criticism and travel. Although old and ailing, he threw himself into war work in 1914, and in 1915, a few months before his death, he became a British subject. In 1916 King George V conferred the Order of Merit on him. He died in London in February 1916.
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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). Read morePublished 14 months ago by Rachel Troyer