The Turn of the Screw, written by legendary author Henry James is widely considered to be one of the greatest books of all time. This great classic will surely attract a whole new generation of readers. For many, The Turn of the Screw is required reading for various courses and curriculums. And for others who simply enjoy reading timeless pieces of classic literature, this gem by Henry James is highly recommended. Published by Classic Books International and beautifully produced, The Turn of the Screw would make an ideal gift and it should be a part of everyone's personal library.
The story starts conventionally enough with friends sharing ghost stories 'round the fire on Christmas Eve. One of the guests tells about a governess at a country house plagued by supernatural visitors. But in the hands of Henry James, the master of nuance, this little tale of terror is an exquisite gem of sexual and psychological ambiguity. Only the young governess can see the ghosts; only she suspects that the previous governess and her lover are controlling the two orphaned children (a girl and a boy) for some evil purpose. The household staff don't know what she's talking about, the children are evasive when questioned, and the master of the house (the children's uncle) is absent. Why does the young girl claim not to see a perfectly visible woman standing on the far side of the lake? Are the children being deceptive, or is the governess being paranoid? By leaving the questions unanswered, The Turn of Screw generates spine-tingling anxiety in its mesmerized readers.