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."
ISBN: 9780375759666
Branch Call Number: PBK Classics Jame

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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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