The Turn of the Screw

The Turn of the Screw

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Classics & Modern Classics
Paperback Published on: 07/07/2011
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The Turn of the Screw
The Classic English Horror Story.
Part Ghost story, part Haunted House. This is the Classic English Horror Novel and a must-read for any horror fan. A newly appointed governess arrives to t... READ MORE
Lucy OConnor Walton on Thames


A chilling ghost story, wrought with tantalising ambiguity, Henry James's The Turn of the Screw is edited with an introduction and notes by David Bromwich in Penguin Classics.

In what Henry James called a 'trap for the unwary', The Turn of the Screw tells of a nameless young governess sent to a country house to take charge of two orphans, Miles and Flora. Unsettled by a dark foreboding of menace within the house, she soon comes to believe that something malevolent is stalking the children in her care. But is the threat to her young charges really a malign and ghostly presence or something else entirely?

The Turn of the Screw is James's great masterpiece of haunting atmosphere and unbearable tension and has influenced subsequent ghost stories and films such as The Innocents, starring Deborah Kerr, and The Others, starring Nicole Kidman.

This Penguin Classics edition contains a chronology, further reading, notes and an introduction by David Bromwich examining the dark ambiguity of James's work and the inseparability of narrative from point-of-view.

Henry James (1843-1916) son of a prominent theologian, and brother to the philosopher William James, was one of the most celebrated novelists of the fin-de-siecle. In addition to many short stories, plays, books of criticism, biography and autobiography, and much travel writing, he wrote some twenty novels.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780141441351
  • Number of pages: 176
  • Weight: 135g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 127 x 11 mm

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The Turn of the Screw
Classic Ghost Story
I had heard about "The Turn of the Screw" in ghost story book-lists and know that it has been adapted to film. Being a fan of ghost stories I was keen to r... READ MORE
Linda Chester
The Turn of the Screw
Cleverly constructed thriller
This is a fascinating exploration of reality and sanity redolent of Dostoyevsky’s ‘The Double’. James writes in a deliberately florid style which contribut... READ MORE
Tim Dumble
The Turn of the Screw
life’s too short to bother.
The Turn Of The Screw is a gothic novella by British author Henry James in which an inexperienced young governess, a parson’s daughter, takes a position at... READ MORE
Marianne Vincent
The Turn of the Screw
Creepy classic
This is just a classic of the genre, and so creepy.....a must read on a wild night, with a roaring fire. I actually read it on a turbulent plane journey to... READ MORE
Abi Chippindale