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The Turn of the Screw (Transaction Large Print Books)

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  • Sales Rank:12,259,890
  • Format:Large Print
  • Languages:English (Unknown), English (Original Language), English (Published)
  • Media:Hardcover
  • Edition:Lrg
  • Pages:169
  • Shipping Weight (lbs):9500
  • Dimensions (in):9.3 x 6.2 x 0.7
  • Publication Date:January 1, 1997
  • ISBN:1560005475
  • EAN:9781560005476
  • ASIN:1560005475
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Synopsis

The Turn of the Screw is a departure from the type of work which James was generally doing at the turn of the twentieth century. It is about ghosts and reveals the dark side of humanity. James’s story is based on an earlier one told to him by the Archbishop of Canterbury in January 1895. The Archbishop’s story tells of young children left in the care of servants in an old country house following the death of their parents. The servants, however, are evil and uncaring and the children inherit their legacy of wickedness. In their turn, the servants die and come back to haunt the country house and torment the children. The ghosts of the servants call out to the children and try to lure them to their deaths at dangerous points throughout the property. Failing that, the ghosts try to take control of the children.

Despite its appearance of being a simple “ghost story,” The Turn of the Screw has provoked much debate among literary critics. It can be a romance in the tradition of Hawthorne, a macabre tale worthy of the best of Poe, or a Freudian drama, all depending on the reader’s agenda. In any event, The Turn of the Screw is undoubtedly James’s most controversial and well-known piece of fiction. Many agendas have tried to find something in the story. The Turn of the Screw has been subjected to feminist, Marxist, and decon-structionist critiques. Ironically, The Turn of the Screw began as an oral tale, much like a ghost story. By his mid fifties, James could no longer write with a pen because of what we today know as carpal tunnel syndrome. He dictated the story to his secretary, who typed as James spoke. He dictated the story through the fall of 1897 and completed it in November of that year. It appeared in Collier’s Weekly, a then very prominent literary magazine, from January to April 1898. It later was produced as a book. The Turn of the Screw has gone on to become a classic of American literature and set the standard for similar stories of its day.

Amazon.com Review
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.

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