This is a concise, authoritative but very readable guide to "The Turn of the Screw", offering students a guide to contexts, language, criticism and reading the text. Henry James's ghost story novella, "The Turn of the Screw" (1898) is a key gothic text and is one of the most popular James texts for undergraduate study. This is the ideal guide to the text, setting "The Turn of the Screw" in its historical, intellectual and cultural contexts, offering analysis of its themes, style and structure, providing exemplary close readings, presenting an up-to-date account of its critical reception and examining its afterlife in literature, film and popular culture. It includes points for discussion, suggestions for further study and an annotated guide to relevant reading. "Continuum Reader's Guides" are clear, concise and accessible introductions to key texts in literature and philosophy. Each book explores the themes, context, criticism and influence of key works, providing a practical introduction to close reading, guiding students towards a thorough understanding of the text. They provide an essential, up-to-date resource, ideal for undergraduate students.