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Daisy Miller is a fascinating portrait of a young woman from Schenectady, New York, who, traveling in Europe, runs afoul of the socially pretentious American expatriate community in Rome. First published in 1878, the novella brought American novelist Henry James (1843–1916), then living in London, his first international success. Like many of James' early works, it portrays a venturesome American girl in the treacherous waters of European society—a theme that would culminate in his 1881 masterpiece, The Portrait of a Lady.
On the surface, Daisy Miller unfolds a simple story of a young American girl's willful yet innocent flirtation with a young Italian, and its unfortunate consequences. But throughout the narrative, James contrasts American customs and values with European manners and morals in a tale rich in psychological and social insight. A vivid portrayal of Americans abroad and a telling encounter between the values of the Old and New World, Daisy Miller is an ideal introduction to the work of one of America's greatest writers of fiction.
Daisy is an awkward and culturally embarrassing character- but what would one expect from Henry James? Read morePublished on March 23, 2003 by L. Dann
When I first finished reading the book, I did not know what to make of it. The story appeared so simple,common and almost soap-opera like. Read morePublished on February 17, 2003 by sb
When one thinks of The Glass Menagerie, the first characters that solidify in one's mind tend to be either Tom or Laura Wingfield. Read morePublished on October 28, 2001 by S. Wu