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Daisy Miller

3.33 of 5 stars 3.33  ·  rating details  ·  15,828 ratings  ·  954 reviews
Henry James' 1878 publication that brought him international fame, "Daisy Miller" is subtitled "A Study in Two Parts." The plot centers around a Europeanized American man named Winterbourne, who meets a nouveau riche American woman going by the name Daisy Miller. A short novel, James wields the sword of fiction to craft a "study" of the roles of men and women, social relat ...more
Paperback, 164 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Wildside Press (first published 1878)
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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
Cheryl Kennedy
We are attracted to an ideal, a beautiful woman 'well turned out'. Expecting all our subsequent feelings to be this straightforward, we despair when contradicting thoughts take hold. We often proclaim we like complicated natures in others, but do we?

Daisy Miller is foolishly naive, brash, ego-centric, overly confident, and a flirt. She is repeatedly described as innocent which implies simplicity, so why does Frederick Winterbourne feel as if he's lost his bearings when he's with her, constantly
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...
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.
Feb 18, 2014 jess rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Dawn Michelle
Aug 29, 2008 Dawn Michelle rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
Diane Librarian
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
Henry Avila
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
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,
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'
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I still don't get it. And I still don't care.
I said goodbye to London reading Henry James, that said goodbye here...
Choose a fun book with a farewell: Daisy Miller. The novel tells the coming and going of an innocent girl to perversion, or perhaps vice versa.

Like in these foreign cities where we ended up going through a place Which We had seen at first, Daisy we left fascinated by the experience, but we are not sure if we have truly known.

Without quite knowing if is a naive girl or crafty, a cheesy or slut. Mr. Henry wrote bounds near th
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
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Flirty American woman (Daisy Miller) does whatever the hell she wants to. Like, for instance, hang out with dudes without a chaperone.

Very scandalous for the time.

Henry James is a witty writer, but this story is too subtle and too innuendo-ish for me. Lacks the brazen, outrageous and in-your-face-ness I'm looking for right now.

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"I don't want to be clever -- I only want to be true."

"You're a very nice girl, but I wish you'd flirt with me and me only."
Jan 23, 2015 Tamara rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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
I had no idea what to expect from this book and went into it only knowing that, if the style was dense and ornate like what I've heard about Henry James, at least it would be short. This story surprised me with its relative simplicity of style, a blessing so I could focus on the characters. I really liked Daisy, even though she is a chatterbox and quite annoying. She's a well-meaning ditz, but more than a little self-centered...although perfectly unconscious of it.

The ending sucked, though. That
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.
Ahmad Sharabiani
Daisy Miller, Henry James (1843 - 1916)
عنوان: دیزی میلر؛ اثر: هنری جیمز؛ مترجم: فرشته داوران؛ مشخصات نشر: کتاب تهران، 1363، در 99 ص
عنوان: دیزی میلر؛ اثر: هنری جیمز؛ مترجم: فریده مهدوی دامغانی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، نیر، 1380 در 250 ص، شابک: 9646581536؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان آمریکایی قرن 19 م
داستان دیزی میلر حکایت زندگی آمریکای دوران خود نویسنده است. این داستان نخستین بار در سال 1878 انتشار یافت. در این داستان نویسنده اروپا و آمریکا را رو در روی یکدیگر قرار میدهد
Maria João Fernandes
"Vulgar poderia ela ser e, no entanto, que espaço deixava um tal epíteto para o seu singular e natural encanto?"

Daisy Miller é uma jovem mulher americana que viaja e vive na Europa, sem olhar às convenções sociais e sendo sempre fiel às suas vontades e forma de viver. Grande apreciadora da vida social, não tem medo de ser namoradeira e honesta. Confessa mesmo que se não conviver com os seus amigos cavalheiros se sente terrivelmente aborrecida.

Winterbourne conhece Daisy na Suíça e é imediatamente
My first exposure to Henry James and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Daisy is such a brazen, courageous character that it's very difficult not to like her!
3/5 stars

I loved The Turn of the Screw and A Portrait of a Lady, so I had high hopes for the short story Daisy Miller.

My hopes were not dashes, as such, merely dampened.

With a timid mother and irritating brother, I expected the main centre of the novel, a girl called Daisy, to be interesting. She was not, overly, which was disappointing. I found her too frivolous to be attached to, and I'm sure she was meant to be frivolous... But it's hard for a reader to become attached to a character.

Ami Nicholson
Henry James is a rock star. I am madly in love with the way he paints his characters. Daisy Miller and Isabel Archer are moody, expressive women. I love the independence he gives them, which (as in the case of Daisy Miller - published in 1878) would have been seen as very controversial. The idea of a woman who goes around at all hours unchaperoned, with a person of the opposite sex, was seen as very improper. Daisy made quite a reputation for herself because if her indiscretions. As a person of ...more
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
Christopher H.
Henry James is a prismatic kind of fellow with his fiction. I am beginning to understand that he likes to write about his characters and actions from differing perspectives, and his novella Daisy Miller is certainly an excellent example. Daisy Miller was written by James in 1878, and first serialized in Cornhill Magazine, edited by Virginia Woolf's father, Leslie Stephen.

In this short tale, the eponymous Daisy Miller is a wholesome and fresh young American woman on her first tour of Europe with
As everyone looked down on her, she remained the same outspoken, honest and innocent girl till the last day in her life. She neither did something wrong nor did she harm anybody. However, her major sin was her extreme "spontaneity". In his Daisy Miller, Henry James presents a beautiful novella about an American young girl called Daisy.

The novella has a really simple plot. Nonetheless, the whole brilliance revolves around the main character, Daisy, and the way James contrasts her with an enormou
During the previous college term I’ve discovered some literary gems (a huge thanks to my Lit teacher!) and this novella is one of them. The true driving force of this story is the psychological ambiguity/ambivalence, so I’ll focus on the characters rather than the plot in my review.
At the beginning I found Winterbourne to be a rather interesting protagonist, the feelings he had for Daisy, his jealousy and failed attempts to understand her added spice and romance to story, made it even more enjoy
Baley Petersen
>>Original Post:

Ahhh, Henry James, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways... I couldn't possibly name all the things I love about James' works. Each has its own place in my heart for all different reasons. It's so hard to find writing that good anymore. And yet, I had somehow missed Daisy Miller. The young American girl for whom the book is named is one of the most alluded-to characters in fiction. On a bit of a whim I decided to pick up the slim
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“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.”
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