Bookish Matters

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.

—Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Daisy Miller

Henry James rewrote the novella Daisy Miller as a play which was never produced. He gave Daisy Miller a happy ending to please the supposed temperaments of theater-goers. I'm really curious about this happy ending. I was never able to make up my mind about what sort of person Daisy was, and I wonder what insights a happy ending might give.

There are also two versions of the novella; some prefer the first (reported to have more color and immediacy) and some prefer the second (reported to have a deeper tone). I wonder which one I read? Color and immediacy sound pleasant, don't they?

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