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 impression4 years ago

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

    Ibtisam Bhattishared an impression2 years ago
    💡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.

    Habitante de libroshared an impression2 months ago


    Teddyhas quoted13 hours ago
    it would be as charm­ing as a charm­ing story sud­denly to meet some­one. Some­one would ap­pear there at the turn of a path and would stand be­fore me and smile and ap­prove. I didn’t ask more than that—I only asked that he should know; and the only way to be sure he knew would be to see it, and the kind light of it, in his hand­some face.
    Habitante de librohas quoted2 months ago
    The true knights we love to read about never push an ad­van­tage too far.
    Habitante de librohas quoted3 months ago
    Of course I was un­der the spell, and the won­der­ful part is that, even at the time, I per­fectly knew I was. But I gave my­self up to it; it was an an­ti­dote to any pain

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