- The two tales in this edition, reveal James's genius for creating a world out of a single incident and charging it with unforgettable dramatic tension.
- A story of 'spoils and stratagems', The Aspern Papers is set in a crumbling Venetian palazzo, where an old woman treasures up some letters sent to her by the great American poet, Aspern. When a zealous literary historian arrives and attempts to pries the letters from her, he finds charm, ingenuity and morals stretched to a breaking point.
- 'It is a most wonderful, lurid, poisonous little tale,' wrote Oscar Wilde of The Turn of the Screw, James's most puzzling and controversial work. In the story of a governess in charge of two small children, haunted by ghosts, our imagination is set free to conjure up terrors never precisely named, or explained.
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