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Travelling in Europe with her family, Daisy Miller, an exquistely beautiful young American woman, presents her fellow-countryman Winterbourne with a dilemma he cannot resolve. Is she deliberately flouting social conventions in the way she talks and acts, or is she simply ignorant of them? When she strikes up an intimate friendship with an urbane young Italian, her flat ref ...more
Paperback, 126 pages
Published March 3rd 1986 by Penguin Classics (first published 1878)
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Nate I thought that was an introductory clause, not a dangling modifier, but I guess I need to brush up on my grammar rules.

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I thought that was an introductory clause, not a dangling modifier, but I guess I need to brush up on my grammar rules.

Goodreads summaries are normally mass imported from other sources (e.g. Amazon), so they often need manual editing as they can contain all sorts of formatting/spelling/grammar/strange errors. Additionally, summaries can be different for each edition, i.e. ISBN, and with a book like Daisy Miller, you've got over 400 editions, so potentially over 400 summaries—yikes.

In reality, most editions on Goodreads just use the same summary, and only change them if needed (e.g. a different edition may feature an introduction written by someone else). Any regular user can do this, you just need to request to be a librarian; there are no real perks to being one other than you get to fix errors that drive you nuts (my favorite: adding covers).

I'll copy the summary over from the Penguin Classics edition to be the default for this edition, as this one is pretty bad. (My guess is this summary was copied over from a public domain edition that someone self-published on amazon, and therefore, it's that person's writing, not that of a "real" publisher.)(less)
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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
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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...
Frona
Nov 09, 2016 Frona rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
To condemn values of victorian origin it is necessary to demonstrate that they cannot overcome some of their essential antagonisms. If a critique of questionable morals is the intention of this book, the second part is more vauge, since it lacks any struggle worth struggeling for. We get to meet a young woman without many redeeming qualities that lives only to charm man-kind. She fights for nothing but her right to annoy, which meets some reservations among others, readers as well. "All I want i ...more
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
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James
Apr 05, 2013 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
Yulia
Jul 12, 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 09, 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
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..."
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.
jess
Nov 16, 2009 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
Dawn Michelle
Aug 28, 2007 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
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Sarah AlObaid
2.5 stars.
This was very weird.
Diane
Mar 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
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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
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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,
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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
Maria Thomarey
2,5 .. Πίκρααααα
Eman Alshareef
يحتوي الكتاب على اربع قصص ( ديزي مللر، أوراق جفري اسبرن، التلميذ، الحيوان في الغابة)، ويوجد في هذه القصص ثيمة واحدة للأحداث مع اختلاف قوالب الشخصيات، و ثيمة الأحداث كالتالي:

كل قصة هي عن علاقة بين شخصين ( ليس بالضرورة علاقة عاطفية) يكون الراوي هو الطرف الأول من العلاقة سارداً كيف كانت بداية العلاقة مع الطرف الآخر، تأخذ الأحداث زخمها في كل قصة وتنتهي دائماً بموت الطرف الثاني

عندما أنهيت القصة الأولي في الكتاب شعرت أنها من أكثر القصص عبثية و إثارة للملل من بين جميع القصص التي قرأتها في حياتي، لكن
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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
Nov 22, 2015 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
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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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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
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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.
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
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J.
Jul 30, 2013 J. rated it it was ok
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
Mar 30, 2010 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 08, 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
Sep 09, 2013 Denise rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: binned
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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
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“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.”
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