Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Daisy Miller” as Want to Read:
Daisy Miller
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Daisy Miller

3.34  ·  Rating Details ·  19,255 Ratings  ·  1,174 Reviews
Tor Classics are affordably-priced editions designed to attract the young reader. Original dynamic cover art enthusiastically represents the excitement of each story. Appropriate "reader friendly" type sizes have been chosen for each title—offering clear, accurate, and readable text. All editions are complete and unabridged.

American teenager Daisy miller was on a holiday--
...more
ebook, 96 pages
Published April 15th 1991 by Aerie (first published 1878)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Fred
Jan 21, 2008 Fred rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This little story catalyzed a lot of late 19th century debate about American values and European values and--particularly--the confident, un-blushing American girl who is not inclined to conform to the snobbish tastes and attitudes of the upper class people she meets as her family becomes wealthy.

"Daisy Miller" became a debatable type of American girl, Daisy Millerism a controversial kind of topic.

Contemporary readers should give some thought to how Daisy's major sin against expatriate society i
...more
Tea Jovanović
Ovo je prva knjiga koju sam pročitala na engleskom, od korica do korica... :) U prvom razredu gimnazije... I to je u to vreme bilo neobično... A sada klinci još u osnovnoj školi čitaju knjige u originalu, što je dobro :) Henri Miler je bio i ostao jedan od mojih najdražih pisaca...
Melki
"I'm very fond of society, and I have always had a great deal of it."

In no time at all, Winterbourne becomes infatuated with young Daisy Miller, a "pretty American flirt," whom he considers to be "uncultivated," and an "inscrutable combination of audacity and innocence." His aunt disapproves, considering the girl and her family to be "common." And indeed, Daisy wastes no time in flaunting society's rules, setting tongues wagging.

As a member of the proletariat, I should not enjoy a book concerni
...more
Yulia
Aug 13, 2007 Yulia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
a flimsy glance of an unintriguing character. i couldn't feel sorry for her; she seemed too frivolous to pity. and the double standard at the end is rather heavy-handed.
Henry Avila
Sep 21, 2011 Henry Avila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Daisy Miller,(real name Annie)is making the Grand Tour of Europe.With her timid mother and rambunctious, nine year old brother ,Randolph.The American teenager,is from a rich Schenectady,New York family, the father remained in America, taking care of business.She's a great flirt, which the Victorian Era Europeans, are shocked!Going on walks with men ,unchaperoned!They say, she's gone too far.At a Swiss hotel,by Lake Geneva,Frederick Winterbourne,an idle expatiate,of well to do Americans,meets Dai ...more
James
Mar 14, 2016 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, in less than 90 pages, a wonderfully understated tragedy unfolds, society is judged and found wanting in a way that resonates today. In Daisy Miller, a young woman has her every move dissected by a hovering society unwilling to ascribe anything but the most base of motives to behavior that falls out of their norms. The norms defined by the late 19th century may seem ridiculously stifling to our modern eye, but I would argue that these norms have been eased, replaced but not re ...more
Andrei Tamaş
May 05, 2016 Andrei Tamaş rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Încă de la început, autorul îi atribuie personajului eponim o aură de ambiguitate. Ea nu se dezambiguizează decât vag, în ultimele pagini. Despre Daisy Miller pot afirma că este un fel de exponent al clasei, în corelaţie cu epoca în care acţiunea este plasată. Mi-a plăcut în mod special remarca la adresa percepţiei societăţii asupra moravurilor, în contrast cu aparenta frivolitate a protagonistei: "Dacă a fi iremediabil vulgar înseamnă sau nu a fi rău, asta e o chestiune pentru metafizicieni..."
jess
Aug 25, 2016 jess rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to jess by: olympia public library
Shelves: 2009, audiobook-d, fiction
Okay I picked this up because, with only three discs, it was the shortest audiobook I could find at the library and I wanted something brief for a shortened week of commuting. I had never read Daisy Miller, not heard much about it, and I hardly feel much like discussing it now that it's over. It bored the crap out of my kid, which goes to show that none of us have any appreciation for classic literature these days. Reading this felt a lot like being back in high school english class. The languag ...more
Diane
Apr 16, 2012 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
I wanted to like this novella more than I did. The writing is lovely but the character of Daisy Miller is so annoying that I wanted to either lecture her or throttle her (preferably the latter). She is nothing but a vexing, silly flirt -- she has no redeemable qualities.

"He set her down as hopelessly childish and shallow, as such mere giddiness and ignorance incarnate as was powerless either to heed or to suffer."

The portrait of Daisy is so severe that one could wonder if Henry James hated all A
...more
Maddie (Heart Full Of Books)
Men have such expectations of how women should behave and it really grinds my bones. So what is Daisy has a lot of gentleman interested in her? That doesn't make her a bad person. Discussing this at uni is going to be a riot.
unnarrator
May 03, 2009 unnarrator rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Dolors
Mar 20, 2013 Dolors rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
A short story which deals, as many other novels by James, with the changing role of women in Society and the differences that begun to arise between the old stiff Europe and the America at the end of the XIXth century.

Daisy Miller is not like any other heroine of the time, she speaks her mind, defies the imposed roles of propriety and goes unchaperoned with as many gentlemen as she chooses to. Her transparent ways might have found a true companion in the sophisticated American Mr. Winterbourne,
...more
Dawn Michelle
Aug 29, 2008 Dawn Michelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dawn Michelle by: Read about it in "Reading Lolita in Tehran" by Azir Nafisi
This was a weird little book. I don't know what else to say about it.
This book is about Daisy Miller, a young girl from America who is exploring Europe with her mother (who seems painfully shy) and her completely out-of-control brother.
Daisy is a sweet girl, with "grand" idea's and is unconcerned with convention and gossip. She does things frequently that are very inappropriate without seeming to care.
She meets a young man (Winterbourne) who she seems to bewitch from first meeting. And who follo
...more
Tamara
Jan 23, 2015 Tamara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
A book ahead of its time in this story of nonconformity, especially regarding women and feminism. A+ Henry Miller. It saddens me that in this day and age people berate Daisy for being nothing more than a "frivoulous flirt." Just because nosy and judgmental characters in the book call her these things and won't accept her behavior, does not make it so. Sure, she was naive in some ways, but more than that she was strong in character and who she wanted to be. For as much as she loved society, she w ...more
Linda
Oct 27, 2007 Linda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-don-t-get-it
I still don't get it. And I still don't care.
Maria Thomarey
2,5 .. Πίκρααααα
Gri Limanlar
Sep 07, 2016 Gri Limanlar rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yabanci
Sınıf çatışmasını, Avrupa ve Amerika arasındaki farkları, kadının toplumdaki hali ve rolünü konu edinen, bence kısmen romantik kısmen de gerçekçi bir klasik Daisy Miller. Fakat anlatım bakımından ortalama bir eserdi bana göre, okumasam da fazla bir şey kaybetmezdim.
Meghan
Great writing. Can't believe I haven't read him before. Is this burgeoning feminism I see? Girl gets malaria and it's chalked up to her morality but young man narrator has similar indiscretions and no one turns him out? #misogyny really liked this one. Just felt frustrated with people at times and that knocked it down to a 4.
Boris
Jun 13, 2016 Boris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Това наистина е една новела-изследване. Малко скептично я четях, защото не си падам по разказването на истории, които използват общоприети клишета и предразсъдъци, за да описват героите си. Хенри Джеймс разказва за Дейзи Милър - една американка в Европа, представя я като аутсайдер заради флиртаджийското си поведение и отразява поведението и като "срам" в очите на европейските жени в новелата.

“Well," said Winterbourne, "when you deal with natives you must go by the custom of the place. Flirting
...more
Elizabeth (Alaska)
Rather interesting, especially having read it immediately after The House of Mirth. While Wharton's Lily Bart was striving to meet society on its terms, James' Daisy Miller doesn't know that it is important to meet the same terms. In fact she seems to be completely ignorant there even are terms!

This is very short and could easily be read in one sitting. The edition I read included an introduction by James. Also included was a letter from Eliza Lynn Linton in which she asked him to discuss Daisy'
...more
Tony
DAISY MILLER. (1879). Henry James. ***
A short novel from James that also falls a little short on having us believe his main character. Daisy is an American in Europe. She is one of the ‘modern’ women that America was producing at the time, and James tried to weave her into a story that played on the new independence of what he saw as the new type. Daisy meets Mr. Winterbourne, a wealthy, but somewhat older American fellow traveler, and strikes up a flirtatious relationship with him. He is attrac
...more
Sara
Jun 11, 2016 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Winterbourne, you are constipated. A little Roman fever might have done you some good.
Zarsie
یه داستان خیلی خوب !
عمدتا در مورد تقابل فرهنگ اروپا و امریکا صحبت میکنه و قضاوت در مورد کاراکتر ها رو به خودتون واگذار میکنه و من هم اینجا نمیخوام دیزی -کاراکتر اصلی کتاب- رو نقد کنم
نکته ای که میخوام بگم اینه که به نظرم این داستان میتونه برای خواننده ایرانی خیلی داستان جذابی باشه
چون شخصا حس میکنم این تقابل فرهنگی که راجع بهش صحبت میشه رو ما توی یه لِوِل دیگه توی جامعه خودمون بین مردم خودمون داریم و هر کدوممون میتونیم توی زندگیامون برای کاراکترای کتاب معادل هایی پیدا کنیم و خیلی راحت با داستان ا
...more
J.
Jul 31, 2013 J. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In the efforts, one might dare say the intentions, of whomsoever might entertain, by virtue of intrigue or appetite, even the most gossamer-thin appreciation of the prose stylings, such as they are, of Henry James, it is worth careful and diligent note that they might profit by observing several cautions in so doing, and therewith effect the appropriate, and necessarily arduous work, of determining pre factum, whether those stylings may actually conceal the purest, one might even venture the mos ...more
Jamie
Dec 03, 2013 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
I'm just...still unsure how I feel about Henry James. I so want to like him, but I think everything I've read of his has felt somewhat hollow to me; slightly dour; witty but paradoxically humorless. Even Daisy Miller, who (I think) should read as iridescent, struck me as emptied out of all humanness. I realize that, to some extent, that's kind of the point: Winterbourne makes Daisy an iconographic cutout, rather than seeing her as a fellow, fleshedout person. Nevertheless, I closed the pages of ...more
Lavinia
Jan 17, 2009 Lavinia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, fiction
I really don't get why Americans consider Daisy Miller as an offense to them. She's so innocent, free-spirited, bold and eager to know the local people. Because Giovanelli is anything but below her 'status' and it's quite obvious he's not after her money. The real offense would be Winterbourne; He's American but he's so much European by now, he's too mannered, he looks for the most sophisticated circles a.s.o. So in the end he's the loser in this Jamesian eternal battle: Europe VS America.
Denise
Oct 08, 2013 Denise rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: binned
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Benji
This is one of those rare opportunities when a hundred-year old book is exactly something that you have lived yourself. I know the places, I know the people, Ive lived the experience of both of the protaganists. The culture clash and the reevaluation, and the falling in love with how queer the other person is (in the archaic form of the word). Dynamite and sparks and you can't take your eyes off the person and you don't know whether to be offended or to eagerly embrace the person even more close ...more
Myles
With my secondhand kindle I've finally been able to make use of the amazing resource known as Project Gutenberg. I've had a hankering for Henry James for a few weeks before I decided to dabble with Daisy Miller. I didn't know what I was expecting, obviously, because for all of its short length there is nothing dabbley about Daisy Miller. James has created a bright and vivacious young woman and allowed her to dance herself over the edge. He can only have been condemning the society that would all ...more
Gitte
I have never allowed a gentleman to dictate to me, or to interfere with anything I do.



I first read Daisy Miller for an American literature class about 10 years ago. I remember loving the story, it’s themes and the points it makes. I found it so interesting that I considered doing my Bachelor’s project on Henry James. It’s a book that means a lot to me, as it let me to the works of Edith Wharton who is now one of my favourite authors.

So I was quite excited about revisiting it on audio for the
...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
The Amanda Knox B...: Daisy Miller Discussion Thread 3 3 May 17, 2016 11:37PM  
Books, Wine, and ...: February - Daisy Miller 3 20 Feb 14, 2015 04:49PM  
Who killed Daisy Miller? 6 68 Jul 31, 2014 06:03AM  
Roman and other fevers 1 10 Mar 27, 2014 04:36PM  
La Stamberga dei ...: Daisy Miller di Henry James 1 4 Jul 03, 2013 02:14AM  
  • A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays
  • Lisa And David
  • Novels, 1930-1942: Dance Night / Come Back to Sorrento / Turn, Magic Wheel / Angels on Toast / A Time to Be Born
  • The Fall of the Athenian Empire
  • Brigadoon (Vocal Score)
  • Pushkin: A Biography
  • My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and Its Aftermath
  • Roman Fever and Other Stories
  • The Holy Barbarians
  • George W. Bushisms: The Slate Book of Accidental Wit and Wisdom of Our 43rd President
  • Cousin Bette
  • Extravagance
  • The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion
  • Monsieur Proust
  • Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals
  • Bartleby and Benito Cereno
  • Goldilocks & Three Bears: Bears Should Share!
  • The Little Locksmith
159
Henry James, OM, son of theologian Henry James Sr., brother of the philosopher and psychologist William James and diarist Alice James, was an American-born author, one of the founders and leaders of a school of realism in fiction. He spent much of his life in England and became a British subject shortly before his death. He is primarily known for a series of major novels in which he portrayed the ...more
More about Henry James...

Share This Book



“I have never allowed a gentleman to dictate to me, or to interfere with anything I do.” 21 likes
“My father ain't in Europe; my father's in a better place than Europe."

Winterbourne imagined for a moment that this was the manner in which the child had been taught to intimate that Mr. Miller had been removed to the sphere of celestial reward. But Randolph immediately added, "My father's in Schenectady.”
12 likes
More quotes…