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  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407091280
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

The Turn of the Screw and Other Stories

The Romance of Certain Old Clothes, The Friends of the Friends and The Jolly Corner

The famous and terrifying story in an edition which includes a unique selection of Henry James’s ghost stories.

A young governess is sent to a great country house to care for two orphaned children. To begin with Flora and Miles seem to be model pupils but gradually the governess starts to suspect that something is very wrong with them. As she sets out to uncover the corrupt secrets of the house she becomes more and more convinced that something evil is watching her.

  • Pub date: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407091280
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

About the Author

Henry James

Henry James was born on 15th April 1843 in Washington Place, New York to a wealthy and intellectual family and as a youth travelled between Europe and America and studied with tutors in Geneva, London, Paris, Bologna and Bonn. He briefly and unsuccessfully studied law at Harvard but decided he preferred reading and writing fiction to studying law. His first novel, Watch and Ward, was published in 1871 after first appearing serially in Atlantic Monthly. After a brief period in Paris, James moved first to London and then later to Rye in Sussex. He became a British citizen in 1915 to declare his loyalty to his adopted country as well as to protest against America's refusal to enter the war on behalf of Britain. Henry James was a prolific writer and critic and from around 1875 until his death he maintained a strenuous schedule of publications in a variety of genres: novels, short story collections, literary criticism, travel writing, biography and autobiography. He died in 1916.

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Praise for The Turn of the Screw and Other Stories

“A most wonderful, lurid, poisonous little tale”

Oscar Wilde

“It really does turn your blood cold”

Colm Tóibín

“Technically, he is extraordinarily brilliant, and stylistically he's wonderful”

David Lodge

“Henry James is as solitary in the history of the novel as Shakespeare is in the history of poetry”

Graham Greene

“[James] is the most intelligent man of his generation”

T. S. Eliot

“The Turn of the Screw is the most hopelessly evil story that we have ever read in any literature, ancient or modern”


“We are afraid of something unnamed, of something, perhaps, in ourselves... Henry James...can still make us afraid of the dark”

Virginia Woolf

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