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Subject: The Turn of the Screw September Book
Date Posted: 8/29/2009 10:21 AM ET
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The Turn of the Screw by Henry James is our September book – it received the second highest number of votes in our last round of voting.

 

It’s a shorty – my copy show the story is just 106 pages (my book has four of the author’s short stories).

 

I will put up a discussion thread September 20th.

 

 The book is available to read online for free http://www.bibliomania.com/0/0/28/60/frameset.html 

 

Here are a couple of interesting tidbits about the story:

 

The Turn of the Screw was originally serialized in Collier’s Weekly from January 27 to April 2, 1898.

 

another turn of the screw – the phrase indicates a heightening of suspense or terror, in this case by including children in a ghost story.

 

I found this comment about the author's work amusing:

 

Mr. James is perhaps at his best in short stories. His weak point is verbosity, and when he has to tell his story within the limits of a magazine paper, it is all the better for the compression.

-June 13, 1885, The Athenaeum

 

Everyone is welcome to participate. If you are new, we would love to have you join us.

 

 



Last Edited on: 8/31/09 1:44 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 8/29/2009 3:00 PM ET
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I am listening to it right now. Thanks for offering links to free sites. Yes! No credits or waiting necessary.



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Date Posted: 8/29/2009 4:03 PM ET
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I have a Norton Critical Edition posted. Take a hundred pages of James; add 200 pages of "learned" criticism = as good a cure for insomnia as you can get without a prescription. :)

Date Posted: 8/30/2009 12:09 AM ET
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LOl, John, I started nodding off during the prologue

Date Posted: 8/30/2009 9:03 AM ET
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I love TOTS, I've read it a couple times.  I can't wait to ask y'all the big question at the end.  Also be interested to see how everyone likes TOTS as compared with other James books.

Rick B. (bup) - ,
Date Posted: 8/31/2009 11:25 AM ET
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Well, I'm trying to get my kid to dig out his Kindle he never uses to lend it to me.

The brutally honest truth about the librivox version is, I couldn't stand it. I tried it about 2 years ago and the woman reading it thinks she's...well, something pretty amazing. Her voice is so distracting and calls so much attention to itself I only lasted about 4 minutes.

Date Posted: 8/31/2009 1:44 PM ET
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Rick, thanks for the heads up on that Librivox audio. Laura had a hard time with it also so I will delete it from my first post.

Vanessa - good to "see" you again :-)

 

Date Posted: 9/2/2009 8:44 PM ET
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Well, count me in.  I haven't read much James before but I just reserved it from the library.  :)

Date Posted: 9/3/2009 8:54 AM ET
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Welcome Karen, glad you will be joining us!



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Rick B. (bup) - ,
Date Posted: 9/14/2009 10:29 AM ET
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Well, so far I'm reminded of the play-within-a-play in A Midsummer Night's Dream which is described as both "tedious and brief."

Date Posted: 9/14/2009 1:09 PM ET
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Can I ask my big spoiler question, or is it too soon?

Rick B. (bup) - ,
Date Posted: 9/17/2009 10:24 PM ET
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Can I ask my big spoiler question, or is it too soon?

Too soon.

Date Posted: 9/20/2009 6:33 PM ET
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I started a discussion thread for The Turn of the Screw.