Henry James's Daisy Miller was an immediate sensation when it was first published in 1878 and has remained popular ever since. In this novella, the charming but inscrutable young American of the title shocks European society with her casual indifference to its social mores. The novella was popular in part because of the debates it sparked about foreign travel, the behaviour of women, and cultural clashes between people of different nationalities and social classes.This Broadview edition presents an early version of James's best-known novella within the cultural contexts of its day. In addition to primary materials about nineteenth-century womanhood, foreign travel, medicine, philosophy, theatre, and art?some of the topics that interested James as he was writing the story?this volume includes James's ruminations on fiction, theatre, and writing, and presents excerpts of Daisy Miller as he rewrote it for the theatre and for a much later and heavily revised edition.
Henry James satirizes the coquettishness of young girls and Americans' infatuation with Europe in DAISY MILLER, one of his earliest successes. Daisy travels across the Atlantic with her brother, but in Switzerland sets off on a rollicking, manipulative affair with another American known only as Winterbourne. James tracks the pair as they fall in and out of each other's company while Daisy becomes seduced by the liberties the Southern European lifestyle. Rebuked by Winterbourne and her circle of English and American expatriates, Daisy defiantly rushes to a tragic collapse.
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