The Turn of the Screw
The Turn of the Screw is a novella by American-British writer Henry James (1843-1916). A young governess arrives at a house in the English countryside to look after two children. What follows is a story of a woman slowly descending into madness, surrounded by inexplicable situations and the foreboding presence of an unsettling evil. The novella presents us with story framed in such a way that everything, absolutely everything is shrouded in doubt. The author also uses the styles and forms of gothic literature and traditional ghost stories and goes the extra mile with his refined language, his subtlety and the wider vision of an author not concerned with what will sell but with what will make us think and live the story we are reading.