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Benjamin Britten wrote an acclaimed opera called The Turn of the Screw in 1954. It's considered one of the greatest masterpieces of twentieth century opera. In this version of James' story, not only do the ghosts exist, but they come on-stage and sing to you.

The isolation and anguish which the governess experiences at Bly, where no people ever come to visit and she is left alone with two small children and the housekeeper Mrs. Grose, may seem like an exaggeration or a dream-fantasy until one considers the dearth of opportunities available to educated women who needed to support themselves. Being a governess was often a particularly difficult and lonely occupation. In the 1840's, it was said that governess was the most frequent previous occupation of female inmates in lunatic asylums of the time.

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Historical Context
Main Characters
Points to Ponder
Did You Know
Plot Summary
Framing Scene
Chapters 1, 2, and 3
Chapters 4, 5, and 6
Chapters 7, 8, and 9
Chapters 10, 11, and 12
Chapters 13, 14, and 15
Chapters 16, 17, and 18
Chapters 19, 20, and 21
Chapters 22, 23, and 24


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