Daisy Miller: Prototype for the Modern American Woman?

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“Well,” said Winterbourne, “when you deal with natives you must go by the custom of the place. Flirting is a purely American custom; it doesn’t exist here. So when you show yourself in public with Mr. Giovanelli, and without your mother — ”

“Gracious!”

Victorian woman Daisy Miller
Victorian woman Daisy Miller
Illustration of Daisy Miller

Behind the scenes of Daisy Miller

David Lodge
David Lodge
David Lodge

The ‘germ’ for Daisy Miller

Henry James lawyer
Henry James lawyer
Author Henry James

Old World vs. New World

Victorian era women
Victorian era women
drinking tea in a pool
drinking tea in a pool

Daisy and Winterbourne

A man stuck with his girl’s fam
A man stuck with his girl’s fam
A love triangle
A love triangle

An ill-fate plagues the memory of Daisy Miller

death in the Coliseum
death in the Coliseum

How was Daisy Miller viewed by contemporaries?

old female british writer
old female british writer
Eliza Lynn Linton

“She cannot be made to see that modesty of appearance and virtue indeed ought to be inseparable; and that no good girl can afford to appear bad, under pain of receiving the contempt awarded to the bad.’

Henry James’s verdict

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