Traveling in Europe with her family, Daisy Miller, an exquisitely beautiful young American woman, presents her fellow-countryman Winterbourne with a dilemma he cannot resolve. Is she deliberately... More > flouting social convention in the outspoken way she talks and acts, or is she simply ignorant of those conventions? When she strikes up an intimate friendship with an urbane young Italian, her flat refusal to observe the codes of respectable behavior leave her perilously exposed. In "Daisy Miller" James created his first great portrait of the enigmatic and dangerously independent American woman, a figure who would come to dominate his later masterpieces.
This edition contains extensive overviews of both the author and the novel.< Less
Lieutenant Eric Miller and the Milwaukee Police Department hunt a serial killer on the loose, who stalks and kills young women. As the police start to close in on the case Miller, a traumatic stress... More > patient starts to lose his edge while the killings get more out of control.< Less
First appearing in the Cornhill Magazine in 1878 and published book form a year later, Daisy Miller is a novella that follows the fortunes of the eponymous character as she manoeuvres around the... More > courtship of Frederick Winterbourne, while acting flirtatiously with a young Italian.
Winterbourne is advised against this pursuit on the grounds that Miller is hardly marriageable material considering her nature, but he continues with his courtship regardless. The resolution, when it arrives, turns the story from romance into tragedy.
Daisy Miller follows familiar themes for James, notably the strong, outgoing female lead as an American abroad, contrasting with a more staid male harbouring differing opinions about the old world. The other notable aspect is the familiarity between Miller and Minny Temple, a strong spirited woman James knew before her death from Tuberculosis.< Less
Close to the village street stood the one-story house in which Luella Miller, who had an evil name in the village, had dwelt. She had been dead for years, yet there were those in the village who, in... More > spite of the clearer light which comes on a vantage-point from a long-past danger, half believed in the tale which they had heard from their childhood. In their hearts, although they scarcely would have owned it, was a survival of the wild horror and frenzied fear of their ancestors who had dwelt in the same age with Luella Miller. Young people even would stare with a shudder at the old house as they passed, and children never played around it as was their wont around an untenanted building. Not a window in the old Miller house was broken: the panes reflected the morning sunlight in patches of emerald and blue, and the latch of the sagging front door was never lifted, although no bolt secured it.< Less
A man steps off a train into an old, Wild West town, an as yet unborn conciousness shimmers into existance in an otherworldly, tower top room while a man of sand wanders a magical world of travelling... More > performers and cities of gold. The Miller and the Boy comprises adventure, myth, romance, explorations of time, explorations of the universes and explorations of worlds far beyond this one.
The anthology includes nearly one hundred unique works including short stories, poetry, flash fiction and parables. Spanning genres as well as worlds and universes, works of fantasy sit alongside those of science fiction, historical fiction, classical myth and legend, mystery and philosophy. A collection which draws on the classical while exploring new, modern themes - The Miller and the Boy is as varied as it is all encompassing.
The Miller and the Boy is an exciting and unerringly unique collection from the author of the acclaimed novels Lilith's Tears and The Travelling Circus of Lacrimosa.< Less