Henry James, Daisy Miller

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Henry James completed

Daisy Miller

in 1878. Rejected by

Lippincott’s Magazine

, his first tale to be refused by an American journal, it was accepted by Sir Leslie Stephen for the English

Cornhill Magazine

, appearing in two parts in June and July 1878. The tale was an immediate success, as James’s friend the novelist, William Dean Howells, reported in a letter at the time: “Henry James waked up all the women with his

Daisy Miller

, the intention of which they misconceived, and there has been a vast discussion in which nobody felt very deeply and everybody talked very loudly.” For some readers the tale was a satirical exposé of American vulgarity; for others, Daisy represented New World innocence and freshness blighted by the cynicism of European manners. Some Americans felt a…

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Citation: Righelato, Pat. "Daisy Miller". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 October 2006 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=5786, accessed 22 June 2024.]

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