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The Turn of the Screw and Other Short Fiction (Bantam Classics) Paperback – September 1, 1981
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Is Douglas the grownup Miles? James doesn't tell, but this remains a fascinating possibility perfectly consistent with the rest of this tale. Further conflations of characters are equally well compatible with the "facts." The uncle who lived at Bly and then left his estate at the very time of Quint's accidental death doesn't want to ever again hear of his nephew or to return to Bly.Read more ›
The Turn of the Screw
The Beast in the Jungle
The Jolly Corner
and a good introduction by R. W. B. Lewis, who wrote a Pulitzer prizewinning biography of Edith Wharton.
I think those last three pieces are his best-known nouvelles, and the top two are his best-known short novels. Wow. They're a nice place to start with James, too.
He could not either ignore the situation in England, where he situates the action, at the time since Oscar Wilde was sentenced to a two year prison term for his gay sexuality with young men if not teenagers. Note at the time the age was not at stake, only the orientation. The sentence was implemented from 1895 to 1897. Then Oscar Wilde moved to Paris where he died in 1900. Since Henry James situates his story in England he had to take into account the real paranoia about any gay orientation, though if Oscar Wilde had not “seduced” (and that seduction was long lasting for the “ victim”) the son of a Lord, himself to become a Lord, he might very well have gone through without even a trial or a fine. That conception of society divided into upper tiers that have to remain cut off from any intimate relation with all other middle or lower social tiers is absolutely dominant at the time in England. And we must keep in mind the subject was so pregnant that it will be the core of D.H.Read more ›
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took me a while to get the hang of reading it, but then enjoyed very much, stuck with mePublished 5 months ago by Lisa M. Allen
Not to my taste. The arcane sentence structure is like something out of another century.* It takes a great deal of telling to get the story out, but then one realizes that not much... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Darby M'Graw
Excelent, in a traditional, may be 'old fachion' way and style -Published 11 months ago by GEORG KALOUTSIS
Exactly as expected. Product description was spot on and the product functioned as well as it should have. I would not hesitate to buy again.Published 13 months ago by MCJ
if you like a scary story, this may be it. not sensationalistic, it is a classic telling of ghosts and eerie feelings.Published 13 months ago by Martina Allesee
For the most part, I really enjoyed the short-stories in this book. I love writing short-stories myself and these are totally inspiring. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Selena#1
The turn of the screw kept me glued to my chair for hours! Intense and suspenseful without being scary in any obvious way..
Is Stephen King before Stephen King.. Read more
I didn't manage to finish this...it was just too slow. That said, I really enjoy Henry James use of language, his careful description, and the way he steps into the protagonists. Read morePublished on December 28, 2009 by Daniel B.