I was behind on my Classics Club goal to read a classic every other month, in other words, two more classics before the end of the year. I am on my way because by cheating just a little and watching a film of a classic book, I have only one book left to read in 2022.

Director Dan Curtis made one of the classic films of this classic thriller, The Turn of the Screw. Curtis was the force behind the gothic soap opera Dark Shadows. In his 1974 version made for TV, Curtis directs Lynn Redgrave as the mysterious children’s governess in what is now considered one of the “campiest” of the eight versions of the film that were made. It was a pleasurable viewing, slightly scary, but only if you went along with the “sensual, livid-skinned ghosts” and the creepy version of the boy’s attraction to the governess. Lynn Redgrave is at her best, and it was an easy way to digest this classic thriller.



Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 plus years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

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  1. I loved Dark Shadows as a teen. I have the audiobook of Turn of the Screw to listen to, but maybe I will see if I can find this “campy” movie instead. Congrats on almost completing this challenge, Rae.

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