Garth Greenwell | Henry James
Begins July 9, 2020
Garth Greenwell | Henry James, The Turn of the Screw
The Turn of the Screw is a story about ghosts (or is it?), madness, the vulnerability of children, the lure of desire. It's one of the most disquieting books I know, and genuinely shocking—but all of its horror is conveyed through suggestion, implication, gesture. It's a profound interrogation of the nature of evil; it's also immensely fun. For my money James is the greatest stylist in English; his sentences are exquisite instruments for hyper-fine articulation of emotion and headlong plummets into the abyss.
The Turn of the Screw is one of his most enduring and beloved stories, and it's an excellent entry point for readers new to James.
is the author of What Belongs to You
, which won the British Book Award for Debut of the Year, was longlisted for the National Book Award, and was a finalist for six other awards, including the PEN/Faulkner Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His new book of fiction, Cleanness
, was published in January. A 2020 Guggenheim Fellow, he lives in Iowa City with his partner, the poet Luis Muñoz.
Day 1 | July 9: Prologue–Chapter 1. From "The story had held us..." to "Well, I was strangely at the helm!"
Day 2 | July 10: Chapter 2–Chapter 3. From "This came home to me when, two days later, I drove..." to "He turned away; that was all I knew."
Day 3 | July 11: Chapter 4–Chapter 5. From "It was not that I didn't wait..." to "Yes. Mr Quint's dead."
Day 4 | July 12: Chapter 6–Chapter 7. From "It took of course more than that particular passage..." to "They're lost!"
Day 5 | July 13: Chapter 8–Chapter 9. From "What I had said to Mrs Grose..." to "the darkness in which the next bend was lost."
Day 6 | July 14: Chapter 10–Chapter 11. From "I remained a while at the top..." to "he had been able to draw upon."
Day 7 | July 15: Chapter 12–Chapter 13. From "The particular impression I had..." to "and it came with a rush."
Day 8 | July 16: Chapter 14–Chapter 16. From "Walking to church a certain Sunday morning..." to "and on this we separated."
Day 9 | July 17: Chapter 17–Chapter 19. From "I went so far..." to "Where, my pet, is Miss Jessel?"
Day 10 | July 18: Chapter 20–Chapter 21. From "Just as in the churchyard with Miles..." to "'I'll save you without him!' she cried as she went."
Day 11 | July 19: Chapter 22–Chapter 24. From "Yet it was when she had got off..." to "his little heart, dispossessed, had stopped."