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Mar 11, 2022

In this Book Club edition of the podcast, we finally have a chance to explore the work of Friend of the Pod Henry James. We look at James's short novel Washington Square (1880) and long short story "The Turn of the Screw" (1898), and two of their adaptations, The Heiress (1949, directed by William Wyler) and The Innocents (1961, directed by Jack Clayton). We focus on the arcs of the heroines in the two works and the very different directions in which the adaptations take them, as well as the acting opportunities they present for Olivia de Havilland and Deborah Kerr. We also praise the performances of Ralph Richardson as Austin Sloper and Martin Stephens as Miles, two very tricky, eminently Jamesian roles. But is Henry James unadaptable? We give our verdict. 

Time Codes:

0h 01m 00s:    Henry James: Quantum Romancer

0h 09m 30s:    Washington Square & THE HEIRESS (1949) [dir. William Wyler]

0h 43m 38s:    The Turn of the Screw & THE INNOCENTS (1961) [dir. Jack Clayton]


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