The Turn of the Screw
98 pages.A young daughter of a priest arrives at an idyllic English country house to the post as governess for the two orphans, Miles and Flora. The estate belongs to the children's uncle, a busy businessman from London, whose only requirement is that he is not disturbed. The young governess realizes, however soon that it is precisely disorders estate teems with. She begins to see two mysterious, silent figures around the area, and the two children who otherwise have been the pure angels shows, sudden signs of other, more unpleasant sides. Along with the sinister is also the doubt creeping. For she can rely on her impressions, or are they in fact imagination - manifestation of her lonely situation and increasingly nervous condition?
The American author Henry James (1843-1916) wrote between 1870 and 1904 a series of novels and short stories that have given him status as one of the era's greatest prose writers and an eminent historian of the human psyche. Besides his realistic works (Europeans, Portrait of a Lady and others.) James wrote also several ghost stories. He was preoccupied with the genre, but wanted to move it from the colored supernatural into the more subtile where the grisly borders the ordinary and everyday. This refinement is seen fully unfolded in The Turn of the Screw. THE GREAT AMERICAN author Henry James created with this novel one of its most famous and discussed works, a refined psychological narrative that both thrills and as literature are in a class by itself.