Daisy Miller was an immediate and widespread popular success for James, despite some criticism that the story was "an outrage on American girlhood". The story continues to be one of James' most popular works, along with The Turn of the Screw and The Portrait of a Lady. Critics have generally praised the freshness and vigor of the storytelling.
In 1909 James revised Daisy Miller extensively for the New York Edition. He altered the tone of the story but some feel he robbed the original version of its color and immediacy.