Title: The Turn of the Screw and Other Stories
Author: Henry James
Page Count/Review Word Count: 208
The Turn of the Screw is James’ most notorious piece of work for a reason – it’s chilling, sinister and suspenseful, and everything you want from a piece of writing. The only possible criticism I can think of would be that it’s too short, because you could go on reading James’ work forever – that said, the author knows best and perhaps if it was in a longer form, the suspense would be lost.
James’ other work is just as delightful as The Turn of the Screw, but I’m not sold on the ‘other stories’ aspect of the title – it seems to over-promise and under-deliver, because there are only two other short stories included in my copy (‘The Pupil‘ and ‘The Third Person‘). Still, it makes for a pleasant enough read, and one that I’d highly recommend.
But The Turn of the Screw itself was always going to be the highlight here, and it’s that that will make you want to keep on reading more and more of Henry James’ writing. I promise, you’re not going to regret it.