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S0213 The Turn Of The Screw Part 4
The Turn Of The Screw Part 4, being chapters 9, 10 and 11.
Minimal show notes this week as I plough on trying to record and edit this novella.
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S0212 The Turn Of The Screw Part 3
Part 3 of The Turn Of The ScrewOur part three, not Henry James's. We're getting through the story. It's a good story! The characterisation is skilled. The language is like walking through a forest littered with logs hidden among grass. You keep tripping up. Or I do.
Hope you're enjoying. You'd better, be. We have some way to go yet.
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S0211 The Turn Of The Screw Part 2
S0211 The Turn Of The Screw Part 2I'm not going to say much. James's parenthetical insertions of information interrupt the flow of his sentences. He says something, the elaborates on it, then elaborates on that and sometimes elaborates on that as if his thoughts are sparking tangentially. He always comes back to the main matter, but it makes it hard to read out.
That being moaned about, the story is good. He foreshadows well and creates foreboding.
" It may be, of course, above all, that what suddenly broke into this gives the previous time a charm of stillness—that hush in which something gathers or crouches. The change was actually like the spring of a beast."
Nothing has yet happened, but he warns us that it soon will, and we tense up waiting for it.
Then he describes a blissful summer evening's walk in the park which is interrupted by her seeing Quint (though she doesn't yet know his name) in the tower. The fact that it is on a beautiful summer night rather than a rainswept Gothic nighttime is well-done and serves to heighten the drama, I think.
He ends each chapter with a good cliffhanger.
- I wondered why...she was scared.- Mr Quint is .... dead.
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Part One of The Classic Ghost Stories Podcast Reading of Henry James's The Turn of the Screw
So we begin The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. I have wanted to do this story for a long time but have hesitated because it's so long!
Of course, we have read out The Beckoning Fair One, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and Carmilla that ran on over several episodes, but The Turn of the Screw will be the longest so far.
I reckon it'll take five weeks or so, though if I crack on well, I might get it squeezed into four. By that I mean, just making the episodes longer rather than cutting bits out of the glorious story.
I read The Turn of the Screw donkeys' years ago and liked it, but I'd forgotten much of the story, so it was like reading it for the first time again. A failing memory is one of the blessings of age.
Netflix is currently broadcasting their drama series doing The Haunting of Bly Manor based on The Turn of the Screw, so it's probably timely to do the original.
I am enjoying rereading it. James has the annoying habit for a narrator of breaking up his sentences with parenthetical information, which makes them hard to speak out. Reading them to oneself isn't such a problem.
The Turn of the Screw was published in 1898, and written in 1897-1898 when he had moved to Rye in Sussex, a quaint and picturesque small English town.
It was published as an illustrated serial in Collier's Weekly Magazine. Then in 1898, it was published as a whole in an anthology called The Two Magics.
Just listen to how he constructs the story. He withholds lots and lots and hints and foreshadows.
The introduction, set on Christmas Eve at an English country house, is just a long foreshadowing, whetting your appetite. He sets us up so that, like the guests in the house, we are on pins waiting for the story to begin.
James makes us wonder. We wonder about the gentleman owner whom she has taken a fancy to but who does not wish to be disturbed.
Miles is heavily foreshadowed, and as we end this episode, we can't wait to meet him to see what he's like: bad or good.
Henry JamesJames was born to a well-off New York family. His father was a philosopher, and his grandfather a banker. The grandfather's many allowed the James family to indulge their intellect, talent and tastes.
Henry James was the brother of the famous and ground-breaking philosopher and psychologist William James. He was born in 1843 in New York but moved to live in London, where he died in 1916. He took up British citizenship in the last year of his life; technically, he became a subject of the British Crown—just like me.
The family moved to Boston in 1864 because his brother William was studying law there. Henry set to studying law, but didn't like it and instead turned to literature. The American author Nathanial Hawthorne (who we will read out one day on the Podcast) was a significant early influence on James. James was particularly fond of French literature and of the French authors, Balzac.
Because of a back injury he suffered when fighting a fire, he was not fit to fight in the American Civil War.
He first published in 1863 when he was twenty. It has emerged that James was gay, though, during his lifetime, this fact was hidden. Of course, being gay was a crime in both England and the USA when James was alive.
James is an enormously influential figure in American literature. He wrote several very well-reviewed novels, for example, The Portrait of a Lady, but also The Bostonians, The Ambassadors and The Wings of a Dove.
His work can perhaps better be considered Trans-Atlantic literature rather than purely American or British.
He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1911, 1912 and 1916.
He turned his hand to ghost stories, which of course were all the rage at the end of the 19th Century. The Turn of the Screw is considered by some, even many, as the best ghost story ever written.
James has a touch that reveals the psychological concerns of his characters. He
S0209 The Maker of Gargoyles by Clark Ashton Smith
The Maker of Gargoyles by Clark Ashton Smith set in the medieval territory of Averoigne, surrounded by a werewolf-haunted forest. But it's not werewolves giving trouble this time; it's gargoyles!
S0208 The Empty House by Algernon Blackwood
Algernon's classic tale of a night in a haunted house.
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