Garth Greenwell | Henry James
Begins July 9, 2020
Garth Greenwell | Henry James, The Turn of the Screw
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Join us for a virtual discussion of The Turn of the Screw
with Garth Greenwell on Monday, July 20.
Monday, July 20, 2020
7:30 p.m. ET
Online on Zoom
This event is free and open to all. Registration is required, and you can register here
. Details for accessing the online event will be sent via email.
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.
Day 2 | July 10: Chapter 2–Chapter 3.
Day 3 | July 11: Chapter 4–Chapter 5.
Day 4 | July 12: Chapter 6–Chapter 7.
Day 5 | July 13: Chapter 8–Chapter 9.
Day 6 | July 14: Chapter 10–Chapter 11.
Day 7 | July 15: Chapter 12–Chapter 13.
Day 8 | July 16: Chapter 14–Chapter 16.
Day 9 | July 17: Chapter 17–Chapter 19.
Day 10 | July 18: Chapter 20–Chapter 21.
Day 11 | July 19: Chapter 22–Chapter 24 (The End).