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The Turn of the Screw (Dover Thrift Editions)

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ISBN13: 9780486266848
ISBN10: 0486266842
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Widely recognized as one of literature's most gripping ghost stories, this classic tale of moral degradation concerns the sinister transformation of two innocent children into flagrant liars and hypocrites. The story begins when a governess arrives at an English country estate to look after Miles, aged ten, and Flora, eight. At first, everything appears normal but then events gradually begin to weave a spell of psychological terror.

One night a ghost appears before the governess. It is the dead lover of Miss Jessel, the former governess. Later, the ghost of Miss Jessel herself appears before the governess and the little girl. Moreover, both the governess and the housekeeper suspect that the two spirits have appeared to the boy in private. The children, however, adamantly refuse to acknowledge the presence of the two spirits, in spite of indications that there is some sort of evil communication going on between the children and the ghosts.

Without resorting to clattering chains, demonic noises, and other melodramatic techniques, this elegantly told tale succeeds in creating an atmosphere of tingling suspense and unspoken horror matched by few other books in the genre. Known for his probing psychological novels dealing with the upper classes, James in this story tried his hand at the occult—and created a masterpiece of the supernatural that has frightened and delighted readers for nearly a century.

Synopsis:

Gripping ghost story by great novelist depicts the sinister transformation of 2 innocent children into flagrant liars and hypocrites. An elegantly told tale of unspoken horror and psychological terror.

Synopsis:

One of literature’s most gripping ghost stories depicts the sinister transformation of two innocent children into flagrant liars and hypocrites. Elegantly told tale of unspoken horror and psychological terror creates what few stories in literature have been able to do—a complete feeling

Synopsis:

Gripping ghost story by great novelist depicts the sinister transformation of 2 innocent children into flagrant liars and hypocrites. An elegantly told tale of unspoken horror and psychological terror.

About the Author

American author Henry James (1843-1916) spent most of his career in Europe and ultimately adopted British citizenship. A prolific writer of criticism, biography, and travel-related books and articles, James is known above all for his highly influential novels, which frequently explore the clash of Old and New World cultures.

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Bridgett, September 13, 2006 (view all comments by Bridgett)
The quintessential ghost story, The Turn of the Screw, refuses to be "figured out." You will find yourself looking back again and again for the clues that will undo the intriguing puzzle. Psychological thriller or spirit romp--the reader must decide.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780486266848
Author:
James, Henry
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Author:
James, Henry
Author:
Dover Thrift Editions
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
American
Subject:
Children
Subject:
Novels and novellas
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Ghost stories
Subject:
Governesses
Subject:
Children -- England -- Fiction.
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Thrift Editions
Series Volume:
no. 18
Publication Date:
19910131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.19 in 0.2 lb
Age Level:
from 14

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Gripping ghost story by great novelist depicts the sinister transformation of 2 innocent children into flagrant liars and hypocrites. An elegantly told tale of unspoken horror and psychological terror.
"Synopsis" by , One of literature’s most gripping ghost stories depicts the sinister transformation of two innocent children into flagrant liars and hypocrites. Elegantly told tale of unspoken horror and psychological terror creates what few stories in literature have been able to do—a complete feeling
"Synopsis" by ,
Gripping ghost story by great novelist depicts the sinister transformation of 2 innocent children into flagrant liars and hypocrites. An elegantly told tale of unspoken horror and psychological terror.

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