Death of the Author: James claimed that the work is only a simple ghost story and not about an Unreliable Narrator. Most critics who don't assume that he was a Lying Creator just ignore the comments and appreciate the story for both possible interpretations.
Lying Creator: James stated that the novel is a straightforward ghost story and not an example of Unreliable Narrator, but many critics argue that James was being intentionally deceptive when he made such statements. James is known for his use of Unreliable Narrator in other works.
Money, Dear Boy: James intended this novella to bring him some much-needed cash, which it did.