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Daisy Miller by Henry James

Daisy Miller

by Henry James, Henry James

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Very nicely written psychological-type drama: the psychology of what made Daisy Miller tick, why the protagonist found her endearing, why the aunt refused to recognize her existence. All of these questions made for an interesting read. ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 15, 2014 |
I enjoy Henry James as a writer; I love his style, his way with words, and the ease with which I get through his stories. All also apply to this particular story except for one small thing: I hated Daisy; hated the character, could not stand her. She grated on my nerves from start to finish, which made this particular James book slightly harder to finish. I also had a difficult time stomaching Winterbourne - so wimpy, so spineless, so naive. No minor peccadilloes given that they are the two main characters ... true, but the style and substance of a Henry James story remain, and I did (mostly) enjoy it anyhow. ( )
  sophie.in.mtl | Sep 27, 2014 |
Read during Winter 2004/2005

The introduction talks of the theme of Americans not fitting into European society but it seemed to me it was "Girl enjoys life and runs afoul of polite society then dies as her punishement." My quest to appreciate Henry James more continues.
  amyem58 | Jul 14, 2014 |
For Christmas, I ordered an mp3 player (Library of Classics) that was pre-loaded with 100 works of classic literature in an audio format. Each work is in the public domain and is read by amateurs, so the quality of the presentation is hit or miss. This was the seventh work I’ve completed and, like the first six, the reader did not detract from the experience.

Daisy Miller is the tale of a young American ingénue spending time first in Switzerland, then in Rome with her mother, brother and “courier”. It is told from the point of view of a suitor, American expatriate Frederick Winterbourne. Daisy is a flighty, naïve young lady who enjoys thumbing her nose at cultural convention and societal mores of the era. Winterbourne is at first captivated, but becomes increasingly disturbed as Daisy’s actions become more and more outrageous and she is shunned by polite society.

This is a very short period piece and is perfectly pleasant without being remarkable in any way. It can be easily read in 2-3 hours. ( )
  santhony | May 8, 2014 |
In the end, good for Winterbourne. ( )
  NadineC.Keels | Apr 10, 2014 |
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Henry Jamesprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
James, Henrymain authorall editionsconfirmed
Moore, GeoffreyEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vondeling, KlaasTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"Daisy Miller" is a fascinating portrait of a young woman from Schenectady, New York, who, traveling in Europe, runs afoul of the socially pretentious American expatriate community in Rome. First published in 1878, the novella brought American novelist Henry James(1843-1916), then living in London, his first international success. Like many of James's early works, it portrays a venturesome American girl in the treacherous waters of European society - a theme that would culminate in his 1881 masterpiece, "The Portrait of a Lady."

On the surface, "Daisy Miller" unfolds a simple story of a young American girl's willful yet innocent flirtation with a young Italian, and its unfortunate consequences. But throughout the narrative, James contrasts American customs and values with European manners and morals in a tale rich in psychological and social insight. A vivid portrayal of Americans abroad and a telling encounter between the values of the Old and New Worlds, "Daisy Miller" is an ideal introduction to the work of one of America's greatest writers of fiction.

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Classic novella about a captivating young American whose behavior causes conflicting feelings in the mind of would-be suitor, Winterbourne.

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