|Henry James at 16|
Since I began my blog I have posted on two works by Henry James, The Aspern Papers and The Portrait of a Lady. Just before I began my blog I read two of his novels, The Bostonians and The Europeans, both of which I think are good starter James books. James is a very high canon status writer.
James (1843 to 1916-New York City) was a tremendously influential writer. His novels are on almost all lists of 100 best novels ever. He is not a "fast read".
I have had The Turn of the Screw on my TBR list long before I had the slightest idea what a TBR list was. I finally got around to it a few days ago. There are many blog posts on The Turn of the Screw. Wikipedia has a good basic article on the plot and themes of the work and there are lots of very well done blog posts on it. My post is just going to be sort of a "reading note".
The Turn of the Screw is subject to multiple interpretations. It might be a ghost story. It might be about a mental illness and the fear children can sometimes induce in adults. I liked the feel of unknown evil lurking in the background. I liked the descriptions of the children and the wonderful prose. To be a bit eccentric, I prefer The Aspern Papers (also a novella) but I am glad I have at last read The Turn of the Screw. I read a Barnes and Nobel edition but you can easily find it online.