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NA299912 - JAMES, H.: Turn of the Screw (The) (Abridged)

Henry James’s Life


1843 Born 15 April in New York. His family was wealthy, and his father was one of the best-known intellectuals in America, whose friends included Thoreau, Emerson and Hawthorne.

c. 1853 Travelled abroad, studying in Geneva, London, Paris, Bologna and Bonn.

1862 Eager to do something other than being ‘just literary’, he briefly attended Harvard Law School, but then decided to become a full-time writer. His brothers Wilky and Bob enlisted in the Union Army.

1865 President Lincoln assassinated on Henry’s 22nd birthday.

1867 Met Dickens at a dinner party. Described it as ‘a confrontation with [his] own future’, hoping that one day he would also be ‘the representative of both art and life’.

1871 Watch and Ward, his first full-length work of fiction, published.

1876 Moved from Paris to London, believing that English-American subjects would be more productive for his writing than French-American.

1879 Daisy Miller, in which a young girl finds that her American values conflict with European sophistication, published.

1881 The Portrait of a Lady, again about an American girl who suffers from her own provincialism whilst travelling Europe, published.

1886 The Bostonians, set in the time of the rising feminist movement, published.

1897 What Maisie Knew published.

1898 The Turn of the Screw, a ghost story, published.

1902 The Wings of the Dove, in which an inheritance destroys a young couple’s love, published.

1903 The Ambassadors published.

1905 Visited America for the first time in 25 years.

1906–10 Revised many of his tales and novels for the New York edition of his complete works.

1913 A Small Boy and Others, his autobiography, published.

1914 Notes of a Son and Brother, a continuation of his autobiography, published.

1915 Shocked by the outbreak of World War I, he declared loyalty to his adopted country by becoming a British citizen, and protested at the US’s refusal to enter the War.

1916 Died 28 February in Rye, three months after suffering a stroke.

1917 The Middle Years, the third volume of his autobiography, published posthumously.


The music on this recording was taken from the NAXOS and MARCO POLO catalogues


Schubert Ensemble, Budapest

BOËLLMAN Piano Quartet

Ilona Prunyi, piano / Béla Báinfalvi, violin / Janos Fehervari, viola / Károly Botvay, cello

SMETANA String Quartets

Moyzes Quartet

BARTÓK Concerto for Orchestra / Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta

BRT Philharmonic, Brussels / Rahbari

Music programmed by Sarah Butcher

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