The Turn of the Screw [Large Print Unabridged Edition]

The Turn of the Screw [Large Print Unabridged Edition]

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This premium quality large print volume includes the complete text of Henry James' classic tale of mystery and suspense in a freshly edited and newly typeset edition.

With a large 6"x9" page size, this large print edition is printed on heavyweight bright white paper with a fully laminated cover featuring an original full color design. Page headers and modern design and page layout exemplify the attention to detail given this volume.

The Turn of the Screw, a novella-length work first published together with another story in 1898 in a volume titled The Two Magics, is Henry James' best-known work today. A haunting tale about ghosts and the struggle for the souls of two children, with Gothic atmospherics, including old and mysterious buildings and the use of light and darkness in setting moods for certain scenes, the work displays some of James' characteristic and innovative style and method.

The tale opens as a classic frame story, with a character called "Douglas" reading a manuscript containing the main story to a group of friends, including the unnamed narrator. The framing story, however, is never revisited, and the novella simply ends at the conclusion of the manuscript. The ambiguities inherent in the work contributed to its embrace by the literary establishment, with the veracity of "Douglas" and the narrator, the mental state of "the governess", the specific nature of the "evil", and the actual nature of the various events open to question and interpretation.

James' innovative use of point of view, interior monologue and narrators of doubtful reliability in his own novels and stories heavily influenced subsequent writers of narrative fiction and gave rise to lengthy and sometimes acrimonious debate among critics and academics about the interpretation of his works. The Turn of the Screw, for example, is subject to two mutually exclusive interpretations: some have seen it as a macabre ghost story, with its roots in gothic fiction, about the efforts of a governess to save two children from malevolent ghosts, while others have held that it is a sort of psychological drama about an insane governess who creates ghosts in her own mind to justify her feelings and actions.

But while James is known to have loved a good ghost story and perhaps most likely intended this as exactly what it appears to be at first blush, a horror story meant to make your skin crawl, he clearly also intentionally constructed the story laden with ambiguity and obscurity and it is for each reader to enjoy the tale and decide for himself or herself what really happened.

Henry James (1843-1916) was an American writer, sometimes mistakenly identified as a British writer because he spent most of his life in Britain. Considered a key figure in the 19th century literary realism movement, he was the brother of philosopher and psychologist William James and noted diarist Alice James. He lived alternately between America and Europe as a young man before settling England and becoming a British subject in 1915. James frequently structured his work so that the story is told from the point of view of a character within the tale, allowing him to explore issues related to consciousness and human perception.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781511797078
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/19/2015
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 236
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Date of Birth:

April 15, 1843

Date of Death:

February 28, 1916

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Place of Death:

London, England


Attended school in France and Switzerland; Harvard Law School, 1862-63

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The Turn Of The Screw 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Moriquen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Even though the English is not the easiest, the books reads like a charm. The turn of the screw really is a great story that gets under your skin.
Mromano on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story of a governess whose sexual repressions cause her to believe that the children she is caring for are in danger of attack by an evil male spirit. So real is the spirit to her that she in turn terrorizes the youngsters. The reader likewise becomes confused. Is the ghost real or is it a figment of her repressed imagination? Hence the supernatural element of the story. The Freudian themes and symbols, she sees him on a tower (phallic anyone?), as well as the possibility of implanting in others one's own beliefs and memories, keeps the work suspenseful and the reader engaged.
KLmesoftly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Like most novels with ambiguous endings, this one has had me thinking over the past few days. It's a haunted house story, in the sense that the narrative follows a young governess as she moves into a country estate to be faced with the pair of ghosts that haunt the two children in her care, but it's by no means the typical "chills & thrills"-type horror novel. There's little scary about these supernatural beings but the fact that they seem bent on corrupting the children in some way, continuing the negative influence they'd had while alive. An influence towards what, one wonders, as there are implications but it's never made explicit. In fact, the majority of the novel is concerned with this sense of taboo - wrongs so unspeakable but titillating the characters can only speak around them in innuendo, trying to force each other into revelation first. I'd definitely recommend giving this a read, but expect (and embrace!) the loose ends.
Girl_Detective on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don't think it has to be interpreted as either/or imagination or ghosts. I think it can be both. I also think there's some interesting things implied about the relationship between the governess and the older boy.
hobbsholler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Disappointing ending. I wanted more talk from the men in the room in which the story was being told. Annoying superfluous narratives.
medievalmama on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not my favoriteof James' but well worth reading nonetheless. James is James and the plotting is spectacular in its psychological complexity as always.
CricketCK More than 1 year ago
This book follows the Gothic genre with its dark images and plot. I did not find the story frightening in the least; however, Henry James succeeded in captivating my attention. I could not put the book down because I wanted to know what would happen with the children next. Were these two kids naughty or possessed? You be the judge. :)
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