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Daisy Miller

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  20,952 Ratings  ·  1,279 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, 112 pages
Published January 8th 2002 by Modern Library (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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James
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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 around her she is a young girl, an American girl, she represents a society and a sex. She
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Fred
Jan 21, 2008 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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Agnieszka

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 hote
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Duane
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
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 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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Brierly
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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
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James
Apr 05, 2013 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 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.
Anne
How to make this book better: Winterbourne meets Daisy Miller and decides he does not like her. He returns home. THE END.
Henry Avila
Sep 09, 2011 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
Diane
Mar 16, 2012 rated it liked it
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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Andrei Tamaş
May 05, 2016 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 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 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
Dolors
Mar 20, 2013 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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Dawn Michelle
Aug 28, 2007 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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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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Sarah AlObaid
2.5 stars.
This was very weird.
unnarrator
May 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Tamara
Jan 23, 2015 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
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.
Maria Thomarey
2,5 .. Πίκρααααα
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.
Roberto
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Il giorno della civetta

Daisy è una graziosa ragazza americana che durante una vacanza incontra in Svizzera un giovane americano residente da anni in Europa.

Inutile dire che sono tutti di buona famiglia, siamo in un racconto nell'ottocento, e che della differenza tra la cultura europea e americana si parla a ogni pagina, è Henry James.

La ragazza è molto spigliata e poco attenta alle convenzioni. Il ragazzo è focoso come un merluzzo surgelato.

Chi è Daisy? Una civetta o una ragazza per bene? E' poc
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Boris
Nov 22, 2015 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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J.
Jul 30, 2013 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
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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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“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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