Henry James

The Turn of the Screw

One of the most famous ghost stories in literature, The Turn of the Screw earned its place in the annals of influential English novellas not for its qualities as a gothic ghost story, but rather for the many complex and subtle ways the reader can come to opposing conclusions as to tale’s very nature. Are the ghosts the governess sees real, or are they figments of her quiet insanity?
The Turn of the Screw was originally published as a serial, and later went through many revisions by James himself. Though there aren’t any overt suggestion that James intended his novella to be anything but a simple ghost story, the ambiguity in the narrative has captured the imagination of generations of readers and critics.
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    tahmid hassan tahmid hassanshared an impression3 years ago

    It was such a fascinating story that I forgot what was before.

    Ibtisam Bhattishared an impressionlast year
    💡Learnt A Lot

    Screw turning is quite a cool story. This is about a governess who either heroically tries to protect her two accusations from malicious fantasies. It's ambiguous to James and I like this story. For me works ambiguity.

    Daniela Garcíashared an impression6 months ago


    Jelena Jovanovićhas quotedlast month
    One could eas­ily fix his type; it never, hap­pily, dies out. He was hand­some and bold and pleas­ant, off­hand and gay and kind.
    Random Opinionhas quoted4 months ago
    from a ro­man­tic re­vival that was al­ready a re­spectable past


    Daniela Garcíahas quoted7 months ago
    They were, somehow, simply afraid

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