Decided to spend October rereading Henry James’s masterful novella. Its sense of dread, suspense and just plain scariness is singular. I’m not surprised it’s been adapted as an opera (not seen) and the movie The Innocents (I own a copy- Criterion, of course.)

I’m reading with the perspective that the demonic possession is in the governess, not the children. Both perspectives work.

I should be done by Hallowe’en.


3 thoughts on “The Turn of the Screw

  1. I heart Turn of the Screw, or as Camille Paglia puts it, the story of a governess with a screw loose! Isn’t it Deborah Kerr in the movie? I recently started to read “Daisy Miller”, and all I can think of is that ninny Cybil Shepherd in the title role in a dreadful movie version in the ’70s, though I guess it’s good casting. Paglia is very funny on the subject of James’s metaphors that eat entire volumes…

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