Thursday, August 6, 2009

Daisy Miller by Henry James

Daisy Miller by Henry James
80 Pages


Henry James's classic story of a young American woman who while traveling in Europe is courted by Frederick Winterbourne. Originally published in The Cornhill Magazine in 1878, "Daisy Miller" is a novel that plays upon the contrast between American and European society that is common to James's work. The title character's youthful innocence is sharply contrasted with the sophistication of European society in this fatefully tragic tale.

My Thoughts
Is Herny James capable of writing strong women characters? Yes he is, but Daisy Miller is not one of them. Written in 1878 Daisy Miller is potrayed as a silly American abroad. I was disappointed in this work, because I am familiar with his stronger works, such as Washington Square that was only written three years later. So I will chalk Daisy Miller up to a hiccup and a burp from the talented Mr. James.

2 out of 5 Stars

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