Henry James And The Turn Of The Screw

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Henry James was an American novelist and eventually became a naturalized Englishman, he was an important figure for the culture of transatlantic literature in his time. HENRY JAMES James was born on April 15, 1843, in New York City. James would eventually become one of his generation's most well-known writers and remains today for works such as The Portrait of a Lady and The Turn of the Screw. In 1878 Daisy Miller established his fame on both sides of the Atlantic. James lived in England for over 40 years and became a British citizen in 1915, one year before his death. James would eventually die on February 28, 1916, in London, England. The inspiration behind the title character, Daisy, first came to James in the autumn of 1877, when James…show more content…
His father, was an amateur philosopher and theologian. He inherited a large fortune and mingled with the most significant intellects of the time. James’ older brother, William, eventually became an important figure in what was at the time an up and coming science that would be known as psychology. When James was twelve, his family began a three year trip around Europe and stopped in several cities including London, Paris and Geneva. This trip would have an impact not only on James’ life, but his writing. During the trip James was exposed to European art, culture and intellects. This put James’ in a unique position where he was able to observe the differences between New and Old World values. This conflict would appear repeatedly in his fiction as “the international theme.” Daisy Miller was first published in the British magazine Cornhill’s June and July 1878 issues. It immediately became a hit and made James known as an author worldwide. What made the novel popular was the fact that the novel was a portrait of a naive, overly self-confident and vulgar American girl who was making an attempt to infiltrate an exclusive high society in…show more content…
Unlike many of the scholars that I read Johnson believes that Daisy’s greatest flaw was her directness. Despite lacking in many areas when it comes to generating and keeping conversations Daisy speaks her mind and forces those around her to do the same. She offers relief to those around her that are in the “oppressive Jamesian atmosphere” of unspoken yet unwavered cultural rules. On the surface Daisy’s tale can be seen as a cautionary tale for headstrong girls seeing as her moments of enculturation and personal defiance lead to her untimely end. However this presents the feminist reader a chance to draw out a counter-narrative of American womanhood that is defined by freedom despite the social constraints surrounding

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