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Henry James

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daisy-miller-henry-jamesSources: Encyclopaedia Britannica,, A Note on the Genesis of Daisy Millerby Viola DunbarCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Winterbourne, Part 2hen you deal with natives you must go by the custom of the place.Innocence vs. ImmoralityDaisys unusual behavior calls her innocence into question.Victorian Double StandardsVictorian society held women to a higher moral standard than men.American vs. European CultureDaisys manners conflict with those of European high society.ThemesCharming Roman known for wooing American heiresses; competes for Daisys affectionGiovanelliWinterbournes wealthy, snobbish aunt; snubs Daisy by refusing to meet herMrs. CostelloFree-spirited, flirtatious young American on her European grand tour”; craves attentionDaisy MillerWell-mannered, 27-year-old American expatriate living in Europe; fascinated by DaisyWinterbourneMain CharactersAn American by birth, James chose to live in Europe. He is well-known for his depictions of Americans in conflict with the restrictions of European society. Daisy Miller is based on his own experience as an expatriate and on an anecdote he heard about a young American womans improper conduct during her time in Rome.HENRY JAMES18431916AuthorWinterbourne loses respect for Daisy, who subsequently catches malaria and dies.ColosseumDaisy puzzles Winterbourne, who tries to decide if she is innocent or immoral.Vevey, SwitzerlandSociety cruelly exiles Daisy for her shameless individuality and independence.Rome, ItalyWinterbourne, an American expatriate living in Europe, becomes enamored with an intriguing young American woman who flouts the customs of local society. Though Daisy causes a scandal wherever she goes, Winterbourne can’t help but try to figure out the motivations for her behavior.A Question of InnocenceOVERVIEWEnglishOriginal Language1878Year PublishedHenry JamesAuthorDaisy MillerNovellaDrama

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