04 June 2008

The Ghost Stories of Henry James

Towards the late period of his long and astonishingly productive life, Henry James wrote a number of mystery or ghost stories. In these he combined his skills at controlling narrative and point of view with his penchant for puzzling and ambiguous situations. This collection contains some of the most famous tales - 'Sir Edmund Orme', 'Owen Wingrave', 'The Friends of the Friends', and his best-known shorter work, 'The Turn of the Screw'. They all deal with ghosts (or the supernatural) in a non-conventional manner, in that they hold a narrative interest whether you find the ghosts believable or not. And none of them rely on any conventional notions of spookiness or ghastly apparitions for their ... Read more >>

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