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3.37  ·  Rating details ·  26,721 ratings  ·  1,657 reviews
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. ...more
Paperback, 164 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Wildside Press (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.

Goodreads summaries are normall…more
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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Henry Avila
Sep 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Customs of different countries and people seem of little importance today to many, we are basically the same , underneath... all humans, yet language, religion, history or even weather and geographic features divides us , what is accepted in one place is not in another: Daisy Miller, (real name Annie) is making the required Grand Tour of Europe, for wealthy Americans, those with aspirations to join high society, this novella was written in 1878. A typical American teenager , a girl, friendly, ne ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
‎Daisy Miller, Henry James

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 li
Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Possible spoiler alert so be careful if you might not want to know the full plot. Book Review
4 of 5 stars to Daisy Miller by Henry James, a story about a free and unattached American girl who is spending some time in Europe after being removed from American society for some time. She unwittingly defies the moral code of European society, never realizing it until the very end when she dies. All throughout the story, “Daisy does what she likes, responds to what she likes. To the world
Daisy Miller is a short novel that seems to me like a condensed version of The Portrait of a Lady. Daisy is a young American girl traveling abroad in Europe with her mother and younger brother. Doing what any young American girl would consider normal, she is ridiculed and scorned for not adhering to the rigid and uncomprising moral standards and customs that existed in 19th century Europe, especially relating to young ladies actions in society. James writes his stories in a style that is uniquel ...more
Jan 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
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


I rarely discuss plot, and doing so in a book on which so much has been written, seems to me like jumping into a bottomless pit.

But I was sad, no; I ought to say that it irked me that Henry James had her Annie, ‘Daisy’, die at the end.

For I was becoming more and more interested in her. Was she a superficial and provincial flirt? Or was she extremely modern and free in her defiance of stringent rules?

For even if the stiff Winterbourne, when faced with a similar riddle eventuall
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
In one of James’s most famous works, an aging bachelor follows around and obsesses over whether or not a young American girl at the same Swiss resort as he is innocent or vulgar. Again and again Winterbourne, a longtime American expat, alternates between talking directly with Daisy Miller, the figure at the novel’s center, and summing up her character with his aunt. The plot’s dry but swift, and much of the social commentary is now commonplace.

Henry James in a nutshell. This novel contains all typical and topical for him issues, to mention only freshness and spontaneity contra preciosity and social niceties, differences between young and puritan country and fossilized and sophisticated Old World, clash between America and Europe, innocence of the first and corruption of the latter, though in that particular example we have rather America versus America.

Daisy Miller, a young American, stays with her mother and younger brother at a hot
Aug 31, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
It's so hard, when you are a pretty young lady, to find any old closeted priggish gentlemen to warn you that you're about to die of flirting. "But what," you always find yourself wondering, "Would a middle-aged bachelor from the 1800s do?"

Thank heaven, into the void steps Henry James. And y'know when books like this get written - books where women do what they want and are punished for it - there's always this, like, "But you can see that his sympathy lies with the woman" argument, right? Peopl
Dec 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"She seemed to him, in all this, an extraordinary mixture of innocence and crudity."
- Henry James, Daisy Miller


Who killed Daisy Miller? Americans? Italians? Americans in Europe? She was certainly killed socially by a combination of all of those, but she was killed also by her own indiffernce to what people thought of her. This novella, written in 1878, seeks to explore the interplay of social norms between Europe and America. Like many "great writers" in the late 19th Century, James' most popula
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american
Qui se passes ses fantaisies....

She does what she wishes. Daisy Miller, published in 1879 brought Henry Miller his first success. The short novela (72 pages) casts an eye of societal norms of the day.

Told through the eyes of a fellow American but raised in Geneva, Winterbourne is charmed by the open spirited Daisy Miller, who is traveling in Europe with her mother and nine-year brother, Randolph.

This is a book about class, elitism, snobbery and money. The Millers have enough money for part of t
Nov 09, 2016 rated it liked it
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
Stephen P
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Stephen by: Kalliope spurred on this review that was never to be
Shelves: henry-james
Ah Daisy. What to do with you. You scuttle about this novel innocent, coquettish, a young pretty American in a foreign land. Why is it you won’t listen? Neither to James or to me. Even your name sounds fresh, innocent. You, in such young years have disarmed Rome’s society by seeing through their mountains of hypocrisy by not caring about what they consider scandalous or any careless dreams of joining their ranks.

Of course the narrator is too stiff for you, caught in his own web of threaded conce
"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 concer
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
First written in 1878, Daisy Miller is a novella focusing on a Henry James staple- Americans travelling in large numbers on their "Grand Tour" of Europe and the clashing of cultures between Americans and Europeans. Other than that, I really don't have anything to add.
I have not read many of Henry James' works to date and am slowly adding some to my list. Today was time for Daisy Miller, originally published in 1878. This is really a novella, the story of a young woman seeing the Continent with her mother and young brother and catching the eye of one Mr. Winterbourne, an American who resides in Europe. James himself is present as narrator occasionally to exclaim in some way on the activity or thoughts of his characters.

The young woman is Daily Miller from New
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
The major point in this novel is the difference of social behaviour between Europe and America
Daisy Miller is a young American woman refused to comply with the strict European laws of manners that govern behavior
James showed the stereotype judgment of society, and the effect of these unfair judgments on people's lives
the novel was published in 1878
If you haven't read Henry James, I would recommend Daisy Miller over the longer works. James crafts beautiful sentences with a lot of description and semicolons. His nickname is "The Master" and you can see why. Not much happens in a James narrative, but I love 19th century literature (formalities and all) so he's always been a favorite of mine.

The narrative follows a young American man, Winterbourne, as he observes and critiques a young American woman--Daisy Miller--through their brief acquanta
Ivana Books Are Magic
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would say that Daisy Miller is a great introduction to Henry James. This book is not only shorter, but also less complex than other works of his that I have read. However, it bears a close resemblance to his novels and explores similar themes. Having previously read The Portrait of a Lady, I found it hard not to compare the two. Moreover, while I was reading Daisy Miller I experienced, perhaps predictably, a feeling of déjà vu. Daisy Miller was, if I recall well, James' first commercial litera ...more

In a previous life, Daisy Miller garnered five glowing stars, and she shone unabashedly here for all my time on goodreads. But if you'd ask me now about the inimitable Daisy, I would demur. She's a little too coy and flirtatious for me. In fact, I find Henry James just a little too annoyingly clever in this novella. (Or was it cleverly annoying? I couldn't make up my mind whether it was his cleverness that annoyed me more ... or that he was more annoying than clever in playing fast and loose
Required reading for American literature seminar. A very interesting story; I enjoyed this one.

I like a lady to be exclusive; I'm dying to be exclusive myself.
How to make this book better: Winterbourne meets Daisy Miller and decides he does not like her. He returns home. THE END.
Jul 12, 2007 rated it liked it
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.
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 16, 2012 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
Mar 20, 2013 rated it liked it
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,
Connie G
Jul 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: classic, e-own
Daisy Miller was a beautiful American girl vacationing in Switzerland and Italy with her mother and brother. Daisy was a flirt, and didn't follow the traditional rules of European society. In some ways she seemed courageous and independent as she continued to act like a relaxed American. But she behaved foolishly in other instances, especially when she visited an area known to be dangerous.

The story seemed to show the collision of two cultures in the 19th Century. Neither Daisy nor the Europeans
Nov 16, 2009 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
Oct 27, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: i-don-t-get-it
I still don't get it. And I still don't care.
Dawn Michelle
Aug 28, 2007 rated it liked it
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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