A young governess is sent to a great country house to care for two orphaned children. At first Flora and Miles seem to be model pupils but gradually the governess begins to suspect that something is very wrong with them. As she sets out to uncover the corrupt secrets hidden in the house, she is increasingly convinced that something evil is watching her. Several other of Henry James’s most gruesome horror stories are also included, among them The Jolly Corner, Owen Wingrave, The Private Life, The Real Right Thing, and Sir Edmund Orme.
About the Author
Henry James (18431916) was a noted novelist and literary critic, as well as a pioneer in the genre of the short story. His works include the novels Roderick Hudson (1875) and The Wings of the Dove (1902), as well as the story
The Beast in the Jungle (1903).
Date of Birth:April 15, 1843
Date of Death:February 28, 1916
Place of Birth:New York, New York
Place of Death:London, England
Education:Attended school in France and Switzerland; Harvard Law School, 1862-63
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
As for the quality of writing, Henry James always comes through. It's always beautiful. Though in this collection of stories, I found his sentences, on the whole, quite long, knotty, and tangled, requiring re-reading at times. As for the stories themselves, ghosts and the supernatural are not exactly my cup of tea, especially the title story - didn't care for it at all. Still, Henry James remains superb in his power of description.