Until 1934, the book was considered a traditional ghost story edmund wilson, however, soon challenged that view with his assertions that the turn of the screw is a psychological study of the unstable governess whose visions of ghosts are merely delusions wilson's essay initiated a critical debate concerning the. During the 1970's criticism of the turn of the screw continued to be dominated by the work's ambiguity and apparent susceptibility to a multitude of seemingly conflicting interpretations criticism during this period can be divided into two types: that which seeks to solve the ambiguity by ascertaining the real meaning of. Publication details davidson, g r 2011, 'almost a sense of property: henry james's the turning of the screw, modernism, and commodity culture' is, in the governess's suspicious view, confirmation of their turpitude during a what emily apter calls “the famous marxist chiasmus of double alienation,” in which, in.
Rereadings: henry james dismissed it as a shameless potboiler but siri hustvedt is captivated by the turn of the screw.
The turn of the screw is an 1898 american novella by henry james that first appeared in serial format in collier's weekly magazine (january 27 – april 16, 1898) in october 1898 it appeared in the two magics, a book published by macmillan in new york city and heinemann in london classified as both gothic fiction.