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The Turn of the Screw (1898)

by Henry James

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One of the world's most famous intellectual ghost stories, "The Turn of the Screw" is a haunting tale of suspected supernatural possession. A governess at a country house claims that Miles and Flora, two orphaned children in her care, are being controlled by spirits for some evil purpose. No one else can see the ghosts, and the children themselves are silent. Are they being dominated by spectral forces, or are they hiding something? Is the governess simply paranoid, or is something else going on?… (more)
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    LibrarythingEmily: The story was not so long but I still remember the story. It is very different from the real story but this difference makes it more haunted. I won't tell you if you should read it or not. But I can tell the person who doesn't read it will miss a lot.… (more)
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El escritor y crítico Henry James se quejaba de lo difícil que era encontrar en la literatura nuevas formas de contar relatos de fantasmas. Hasta que en 1898 demostró que esto es posible con la publicación de Otra vuelta de tuerca, una novela en donde hay menos espacio para lo sobrenatural que para lo psicológico. ( )
  serxius | Aug 26, 2022 |
"Ein Solitär des Thrillergenres."
Tatsächlich jagte es mir Gänsehautschauer vom Scheitel bis zur Sohle und das Buch sorgte für schlaflose Nächte, nicht aus Angst, sondern weil ich es fertig lesen musste. ( )
  chepedaja3527 | Aug 23, 2022 |
I was inspired to read this after watching The Haunting of Bly Manor on Netflix, but now I kinda wish I hadn't bothered. I appreciated the writing style initially, but the story got boring and slightly confusing about halfway through. The final half was a real slog. ( )
  SarahMac314 | Aug 12, 2022 |
57/40-Είναι απίστευτο πως κάποιοι άνθρωποι καταστρέφουν ζωές , προσπαθώντας να χωθούν στις ζωές τους και να τις κατευθύνουν . Το χειρότερο είναι πως δε το παραδέχονται κιόλας και σε αποκαλούν και αχάριστο. ( )
  Will_Trent | Jun 30, 2022 |
A very strange story of a governess that accepts a post taking care of two children who are in the care of their Uncle. He tells her he wants her to take charge of them and not bother him about anything. She arrives at his estate and immediately begins seeing strange ghostly visions and hearing strange tales about the previous valet and governess from the housekeepers. She becomes convinced that the ghosts of the deceased governess and valet are bent on harming the children, who may be consenting to their "possessing" them. Or is this just a tale told by a crazy woman who was making it all up? I had a hard time processing the language it was written in and finding a connection to any of the characters. ( )
  debs4jc | May 26, 2022 |
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Det rör sig om en av världslitteraturens otäckaste berättelser. Otäck inte bara för att det som händer är otäckt utan för att man inte riktigt vet vad som händer – och har hänt.
 

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James, Henryprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Armitage, RichardNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Benjamin, VanessaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Binnendijk-Paauw, M.G.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bromwich, DavidEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bromwich, DavidIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Buckley, RamónTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cialente, FaustaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fyhr, MattiasPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Harrison, B. J.Narratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hazenberg, AnneliesTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Horne, PhilipContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Klingberg, OlaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lydis, MarietteIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rawlins, PenelopeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thompson, EmmaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Van Doren, CarlIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vance, SimonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Warburg, John CimonCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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'The Turn of the Screw' holds a unique place in the canon of Henry James's fiction. (Introduction)
This perfectly independent and irresponsible little fiction rejoices, beyond any rival on a like ground, in a conscious provision of prompt retort to the sharpest question that may be addressed to it. (Preface)
The story had held us, round the fire, sufficiently breathless, but except the obvious remark that it was gruesome, as, on Christmas Eve in an old house, a strange tale should essentially be, I remember no comment uttered till somebody happened to say that it was the only case he had met in which such a visitation had fallen on a child.
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First published 1898, in 12 instalments in Collier's Weekly, later that year included in The Two Magics.
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One of the world's most famous intellectual ghost stories, "The Turn of the Screw" is a haunting tale of suspected supernatural possession. A governess at a country house claims that Miles and Flora, two orphaned children in her care, are being controlled by spirits for some evil purpose. No one else can see the ghosts, and the children themselves are silent. Are they being dominated by spectral forces, or are they hiding something? Is the governess simply paranoid, or is something else going on?

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A very young woman's first job: governess for two weirdly beautiful, strangely distant, oddly silent children, Miles and Flora, at a forlorn estate ...
    PHANTOMS OF SHADOW AND MADNESS

Half-seen figures who glare from dark towers and dusty windows - silent, foul phantoms who, day by day, night by night, come closer, ever closer. With growing horror, the helpless governess realizes the fiendish creatures want the children. Seeking to corrupt their bodies, possess their minds, own their souls.

But worse - much worse - the governess discovers that Miles and Flora have no terror of the lurking evil.
For they want the talking dead as badly as the dead want them.
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Such lovely little
children – but hark!, I think they
commune with spirits!
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