The Aspern Papers and The Turn of the Screw

The Aspern Papers and The Turn of the Screw

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by Henry James
     
 

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The two tales in this edition, The Aspern Papers and The Turn of the Screw, reveal at its finest James's genius for creating a world out of a single incident and charging it with unforgettable dramatic tension.

A story of 'spoils and stratagems,' The Aspern Papers is set in a crumbling Venetian palazzo, where an old woman treasures up

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The two tales in this edition, The Aspern Papers and The Turn of the Screw, reveal at its finest James's genius for creating a world out of a single incident and charging it with unforgettable dramatic tension.

A story of 'spoils and stratagems,' The Aspern Papers is set in a crumbling Venetian palazzo, where an old woman treasures up some letters sent to her by the great American poet Aspern. When a zealous literary historian arrives and attempts to prise the letters from her, he finds his charm, ingenuity and moral stretched to the breaking point.

'It is a most wonderful, lurid, poisonous little tale,' wrote Oscar Wilde of The Turn of the Screw, James's most puzzling and controversial work. In the story of a governess newly in charge of two small children, haunted by ghosts, our imagination is miraculously set free to conjure up terrors never precisely named, or explained.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140432244
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/03/1984
Series:
Penguin English Library Series
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.16(w) x 7.76(h) x 0.65(d)

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The Aspern Papers and The Turn of the Screw 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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The ¿Turn of the Screw¿ is a masterpiece of suspense and mystery. The most interesting thing about it is James¿ use of ambiguity, especially in the story¿s fascinating dialogues. "The Aspern Papers" is also Wonderful.