American author and expatriate, Henry James is regarded as one the principal figures of 19th century literary realism. His work, which often features Americans traveling to Europe, is noted for its intimate examination of the consciousness of his characters. In this volume we find two of his most popular works. “The Turn of the Screw” is an intense psychological tale of terror. Beginning in an old house on Christmas Eve, it is the story of a governess who comes to live with and take care of two young children, whose parents have recently died. The governess loves her new position in charge of the young children; however she is soon disturbed when she begins to see ghosts. “The Aspern Papers” is the story of an unnamed narrator who travels to Venice in search of Juliana Bordereau, whom he believes is in possession of some personal letters of the famous and now dead American poet, Jeffrey Aspern. This edition is printed on premium acid-free paper and includes a preface by Henry James.
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About the Author
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
"The Turn of the Screw"It may be of course above all what suddenly broke into this gives the previous time a charm of stillness - that hush in which something gathers or crouches. The change was actually like the spring of a beast.More enjoyable than "The Aspern Papers", but I still wouldn't call myself a fan of Henry James. Is the current governess correct about the malevolent presence of the ghosts of the manservant and ex-governess and their malign influence on the two young children in her care? Or is she merely a neurotic imagining things? Who knows."The Aspern Papers"I hated the story and all the characters. I hoped that the horrible old woman would lose her papers, but didn't want the loathsome critic to get what he wanted either, and wished that the pathetic niece would either get a grip or throw herself in the canal.1/2 a star for the Aspern Papers, 3 stars for The Turn of the Screw, so I'll give it 2 stars overall.
A work that is deeply psychological, extremely creepy at turns, and that explores themes of domesticity, sexual politics, and the supernatural.