Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Hartford, Conn., museums will collaborate on a conversation about Henry James’ ghost story novella,
Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Hartford, Conn., museums will collaborate on a conversation about Henry James’ ghost story novella, ‘The Turn of the Screw.’ (Associate Press)

HARTFORD, Conn. -- The Mark Twain House and Museum and the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center will hold a conversation at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday on the ghost story "The Turn of the Screw" by Henry James, who often watched fall in the Berkshires from Edith Wharton's terrace.

This Gilded Age novella, published in 1898 -- the same time period when Mark Twain himself was writing -- tells the story of a young governess hired by a man who has found himself responsible for his niece and nephew after the death of their parents.

The governess begins to see and hear strange things. She learns that the former governess and her lover, a clever but abusive man, died under curious circumstances.

Harriet Beecher Stowe
Harriet Beecher Stowe (Associated Press)
Gradually, she becomes convinced that the pair are using the children to continue their relationship from beyond the grave.

This tale of mystery and imagination has been a classic for 100 years. Come find out why at the Mark Twain House Museum, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford, Conn. The event is free. For information, call (860) 522-9258, ext. 317, or visit www.marktwainhouse.org or www.harrietbeecherstowecenter.org.