Item description for Daisy Miller by Henry James...
Daisy Miller (1878) by Henry James is the story of the exuberant and nave Daisy Miller, a young American girl who flirts and partakes of young life to its fullest while visiting Europe. Daisy meets the more subtle and self-aware Winterbourne and their romance ends in misfortune.
The portrait of Daisy is a quintessential exploration of the social mores of her era. And her flirtatious disregard of them is simultaneously a breath of fresh air and the heart of tragedy.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.15 lbs.
Release Date Aug 13, 2007
Publisher Norilana Books
ISBN 1934648078 ISBN13 9781934648070
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More About Henry James
Henry James (1843-1916) is the author of such classic novels as Daisy Miller, The Golden Bowl, and Washington Square. David Bromwich is a Sterling Professor of English at Yale University.
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Cute Girl who Embraces Life Like a Puppy Hug Aug 22, 2008
James' novella "Daisy Miller" delivers many unique twists from characters received in other more significant works.
A master of the 19th century upper crust dialogue, and more masterfully capable of handling feminine issues of such world, James creates a flirtatious American whose character shocks European sensibilities.
"I am a fearful, frightful flirt! Did you ever hear of a nice girl that was not? But I suppose you will tell me now that I am not a nice girl." But she is. And her suitor, Mr. Winterbourne, responds about her courting a smooth singing Italian hunk (Giovanni), "Though you may be flirting, Mr. Giovanni is not; he means something else."
Societal norms require women to basically become imprisoned in their homes - even if they are the best suites of the best hotels of the best European cities. Friendships are less common among women. "Of course a man may know everyone. Men are welcome to that privilege." Daisy will not tolerate these hinderances.
Daisy is a young, wealthy, American women who is without pretension. She is avarice. She is beautiful. She is the china doll you dare not handle too roughly for fear that it will break. Gallivanting about at late hours without appropriate escort or chaperone, and forever teasing the famous "Italian fever", Daisy sees her late hours watching the moon at Rome's Coliseum or takes boat journeys to isolated castles as she seeeks to "live life." She fears being stiff - a term she uses to describe ever-so-British Winterbourne and his elders. In the end her naivete is her demise.
In "Wings of the Dove", another American wealthy beauty meets a similar demise: Milly. But, Milly is debonnaire, not impetuous. She is classier than her European peers. Daisy is of class, and properly mannered, but she is not classy.
And, unlike many of James' novels, this is a short read, not as tightly sewn, not as thoroughly written. For someone wishing to read one of this great novelists works, but not willing to concentrate as thoroughly as required in "Wings of the Dove" or "The Bostonians" or some of his other classics, give this novella a try. You will not be disappointed.