When pretty but unsophisticated Daisy Miller comes to Rome from her home in Schenectady, New York, the enclave of Europeanized Americans find her brash and daring. In this, one of Henry James's finest novels of manners and morals, he portrays with elegance and wit the clash between the different societies of Europe and America. The Europeans, so steeped in propriety and old world values, are inimical to the vibrant and often careless nature of the young American society. Daisy must not only discover these deep differences, but she must also learn to recognize the dangers of thwarting convention and tradition.More
A common trope in Henry James’ work is of innocent Americans drawn to and corrupted by European decadence. One of James’ best-known examinations of this theme is found in his 1878 novella Daisy Miller.
In Switzerland, the American title character, a headstrong but naïve girl, meets Frederick Winterbourne, a handsome and sophisticated American who is living abroad. Their potential romance is initially foiled by Winterbourne’s family. Later, when they meet again in Rome, Frederick is shocked by Daisy’s scandalous behavior with a notorious Italian man.
Flo Gibson’s performance of this psychologically astute story is both assertive and ironic.
"Hearing Daisy Miller, listeners will recognize the tragic difficulties of youth, love, and tradition. Flo Gibson reads splendidly and portrays Daisy with requisite innocence and insolence." (Booklist)
"Highly recommended...." (School Library Journal)
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