Daisy Miller (Modern Library Classics Series)

Daisy Miller (Modern Library Classics Series)

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Daisy Miller (Modern Library Classics Series) by 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 life the great Jamesian themes of Americans abroad, innocence versus experience, and the grip of fate. As Elizabeth Hardwick writes in her Introduction, Daisy Miller “lives on, a figure out of literature who has entered history as a name, a vision.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375759666
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/08/2002
Series: Modern Library Classics Series
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 1,273,136
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Hardwick is the author of many books and essays, including Herman Melville (Penguin Lives), Sleepless Nights, and American Fictions, available as a Modern Library paperback. She lives in New York City.

Date of Birth:

April 15, 1843

Date of Death:

February 28, 1916

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Place of Death:

London, England

Education:

Attended school in France and Switzerland; Harvard Law School, 1862-63

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Daisy Miller 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
MVAR More than 1 year ago
Daisy Miller is the contemporary of two different worlds. Daisy acts as the symbol of the United States. She is young, fresh and vividly beautiful. Her innocence comes forth her within the specter of her flamboyant flirty conversation. As compared to the Old world virtues, who mock her because of the "extravagance" of her actions. She is seen as uncultured and utterly poised in an unorthodox manner which is to some respect true. Daisy, though, is quick to express the solidarity of her independence and she refuses to conform to the thoughts that others perceive of her. Along comes Winterbourne, probably the tale's protagonist as the image of Daisy is of his opinion and the story is told through his perspective. Winterbourne seems organized and dignified as shown by his everlasting attempt to classify Miss Daisy Miller. He ultimately fails. At first he is captivated and exceptionally attracted to Daisy only to reject her ideals and then soon having to regret it. Daisy, is indeed unique, her unique blend of a personality throws Winterbourne of course which later causes him to deeply worry of her health. Mr. Giovanelli snatches Daisy's attention. A man of a questionable reputation we know nothing of him other than he is an Italian. As Winterbourne ponders on what kind of a person Daisy is, despite their misunderstandings, she ultimately falls ill. Upon her death we learn that she did understand Winterbourne's intentions after it seems like she hasn't. He then speaks to his aunt Mrs. Costello who had flatly rejected her nephew's request to meet with the Millers very early within the story. Although, Winterbourne is unsure of what to do he eventually decides to return to Geneva. The book is entailed with a scene in which different aspects of culture are to meet. A scenario of a very beautiful American girl and an American boy who has adopted European standards.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to read this book for my high school literature class and it was a great surprise of its brilliance.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i really loved the plot, probably that i've been through the same thing that Winterbourne ben through. fascinating novel honestly. i could relate to this story without no doubt. After reading this i felt so weird, that one my life years is written in book with just different characters. thank you james for writing my favorite novel all time.    
Guest More than 1 year ago
A lovely novella which hints at the great writer James would become. Like all great literature, its theme rings very true today. A fun read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This short story is an excellent representation of the struggle between cultures and what one must do to survive in this predicament. Daisy is an example of a lady with much character to which one should strive to live up to. Whether one is looking for a short story to enjoy, or to critique the means of cultural existence, they will find Daisy Miller, by Henry James, an excellent choice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Henry James is a literary genius and this novella expresses love, innocence, society, and inner turmoil within eighty pages that are saturated with real feeling.
Guest More than 1 year ago
daisy is honest,fresh and open and her heart is pure.the reason Daisy,has nothing in common with her fellow American is because they subscribe to European way of looking at life.
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