Daisy Miller

Daisy Miller portrays the courtship of a beautiful American girl by Winterbourne, a sophisticated compatriot of hers. His pursuit of her is hampered by her own flirtatiousness, which is frowned upon by the other expatriates when they meet in Switzerland and Italy.
Henry James uses Daisy’s story to discuss what he thinks Europeans and Americans believe about each other, and more generally the prejudices common in any culture.
Daisy Miller was an immediate and widespread popular success for James, despite some criticism that the story was “an outrage on American girlhood”. The story continues to be one of James’ most popular works, along with The Turn of the Screw and The Portrait of a Lady.
This narration is from the original text which was published in 1879. In 1909 Henry James published a second version of Daisy Miller, which in spite of his preferring it, never had the critical or commercial acclaim of the earlier version.

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