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Daisy Miller: Introduction
Daisy Miller: Plot Summary
Daisy Miller: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Daisy Miller: Themes
Daisy Miller: Quotes
Daisy Miller: Characters
Daisy Miller: Symbols
Daisy Miller: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Henry James
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- Full Title: Daisy Miller
- When Written: 1877-1878
- Where Written: London
- When Published: In serialized magazine form between June and July 1878; in book form later that year.
- Literary Period: Literary realism
- Genre: Novella
- Setting: Vevay, Switzerland and Rome, Italy
- Climax: Winterbourne discovers Daisy with her Italian admirer, Mr. Giovanelli, wandering the Coliseum late at night, risking illness in addition to her reputation.
- Antagonist: In some ways, the women in Rome who band against Daisy, judging and condemning her because of her social improprieties, can be considered to be Daisy’s antagonists. But Daisy herself can also be seen as an antagonist to the very way of life sketched out by Henry James in the novella.
- Point of View: The novella, written in the third person, distinguishes the narrator from Winterbourne, although it cleaves closely to Winterbourne’s perspective. The narrator also often adopts a character’s point of view and speaking style without directly quoting him or her, leading to a greater collapse between narrator and characters.
Extra Credit for Daisy Miller
Upstaged: Henry James attempted to gain wider public success by writing for the stage, but his play, Guy Domville, was a disaster. It was ridiculed by the public when it was staged in 1895.
All in the Family: Henry’s brother, William James, was perhaps the most well-known philosopher and psychologist in the United States in the later part of the nineteenth century, and indeed is often considered the first modern American psychologist.