The Turn of the Screw and The Aspern Papers

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Penguin, 26/06/2003 - 272 páginas
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Oscar Wilde called James's chilling The Turn of the Screw 'a most wonderful, lurid poisonous tale'. It tells of a young governess sent to a country house to take charge of two orphans, Miles and Flora. Unsettled by a sense of intense evil within the house, she soon becomes obsessed with the belief that malevolent forces are stalking the children in her care. Obsession of a more worldly variety lies at the heart of The Aspern Papers, the tale of a literary historian determined to get his hands on some letters written by a great poet – and prepared to use trickery and deception to achieve his aims. Both show James's mastery of the short story and his genius for creating a haunting atmosphere and unbearable tension. Anthony Curtis's wide-ranging introduction traces the development of the two stories from initial inspiration to finished work and examines their critical reception.
 

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Henry James is one of those writers that I have heard a lot about. Maybe, I've even read some of his work along the way but really I'm pretty ignorant of his work. In fact, I found myself confounding ... Ler crítica na íntegra

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Well, you certainly have to concentrate on the prose in this one; be prepared to pay attention. A classic story with a classic question. Did all this really happen as the governess tells it? Were the ... Ler crítica na íntegra

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Introduction
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Preface
27
THE ASPERN PAPERS
43
THE TURN OF THE SCREW
143
Notes
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Henry James (1843-1916), born in New York City, was the son of noted religious philosopher Henry James, Sr., and brother of eminent psychologist and philosopher William James. He spent his early life in America and studied in Geneva, London and Paris during his adolescence to gain the worldly experience so prized by his father. He lived in Newport, went briefly to Harvard Law School, and in 1864 began to contribute both criticism and tales to magazines.

In 1869, and then in 1872-74, he paid visits to Europe and began his first novel, Roderick Hudson. Late in 1875 he settled in Paris, where he met Turgenev, Flaubert, and Zola, and wrote The American (1877). In December 1876 he moved to London, where two years later he achieved international fame with Daisy Miller. Other famous works include Washington Square (1880), The Portrait of a Lady (1881), The Princess Casamassima (1886), The Aspern Papers (1888), The Turn of the Screw (1898), and three large novels of the new century, The Wings of the Dove (1902), The Ambassadors (1903) and The Golden Bowl (1904). In 1905 he revisited the United States and wrote The American Scene (1907).

During his career he also wrote many works of criticism and travel. Although old and ailing, he threw himself into war work in 1914, and in 1915, a few months before his death, he became a British subject. In 1916 King George V conferred the Order of Merit on him. He died in London in February 1916.


Anthony Curtis is the editor of Lyle Official Antiques Review and has compiled more than 150 price guides, which have sold more than 4 million copies worldwide.

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