Daisy Miller

Daisy Miller

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Originally published in The Cornhill Magazine in 1878 and in book form in 1879, Daisy Miller brought Henry James his first widespread commercial and critical success. The young Daisy Miller, an American on holiday with her mother on the shores of Switzerland's Lac Leman, is one of James's most vivid and tragic characters. Daisy's friendship with an American gentleman, Mr. Winterbourne, and her subsequent infatuation with a passionate but impoverished Italian bring to life the great Jamesian themes of Americans abroad, innocence versus experience, and the grip of fate. As Elizabeth Hardwick writes in her Introduction, Daisy Miller "lives on, a figure out of literature who has entered history as a name, a vision."
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2002
Edition: Modern Library pbk. ed. --
ISBN: 9780375759666
0375759662
Branch Call Number: FIC James 3558ad 1
Characteristics: xxiv, 80 p. --

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USS_Enterprise
Apr 19, 2018

A short but interesting novella about the differences between American and European society. The story follows a young American lady named Daisy Miller as she travels with her family in Europe. The language used was more formal than I'm used to, and the story was a bit hard to get into at first. I liked this book, though I probably would not have such a high opinion of it if I hadn't taken the time to study it more critically. So, with that said, I liked it because I found similarities between how Americans are viewed in this story and opinions of Americans and tourism today. Also, though she wasn't exactly 'relatable', I thought Daisy was a strong character because she refused to conform to things she didn't agree with or that didn't make sense to her. It's always nice to see empowered female characters in older stories. I recommend this book to anyone high-school age and older.

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1aa
Dec 09, 2015

I was anticipating much engagement and enjoyment from this work, the second I had read from James (the first was 'Lesson of the Master'), and found it rather disappointing. Its more like a high-schooler's rather decent and competent try at a novella.

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e_long
Apr 01, 2013

I think most prof's have us read this not because it necessarily holds up today, but because it was James's first "hit" and because Daisy was a new type in literature. The problem with new "types" is that soon they are over-used and don't hold up.

This is still an enjoyable (and quick) introduction into Henry James. If you don't like his stuff, you won't like this.

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julia_sedai
Sep 22, 2012

We studied this story for my American Lit. class at university and I couldn't help but be annoyed at Daisy throughout the story. However, my prof was trying to show how amazing and iconoclastic she was. I guess it's something you have to discover for yourself.

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USS_Enterprise
Apr 19, 2018

"Winterbourne looked at him a moment, and then said, 'Do you mean to speak to that man?'
'Do I mean to speak to him? Why, you don't suppose I mean to communicate by signs?'
'Pray understand, then,' said Winterbourne, 'that I intend to remain with you.'
Daisy stopped and looked at him, without a sign of troubled consciousness in her face; with nothing but the presence of her charming eyes and her happy dimples."

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USS_Enterprise
Apr 19, 2018

"'Ah, wait a little, and you will become very fond of it,' said Winterbourne.
'I hate it worse and worse every day!' cried Randolph.
'You are like the infant Hannibal,' said Winterbourne.
'No, I ain't!' Randolph declared, at a venture."

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Apr 19, 2018

USS_Enterprise thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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