Miles (The Turn of the Screw) Miles is a central character in Henry James’ 1898 gothic suspense novella, “The Turn of the Screw”. He is a 10 year old precocious schoolboy, and one of the two children a governess is sent to care for at an English country estate. Miles is perhaps a precursor to Damien from “The Omen” in that he is an innocent, well-mannered, and handsome child who enchants the new governess. She overlooks his misbehavior due to his “positive fragrance of purity” and his unusual beauty. However, she begins to observe the disturbing detachment the boy exhibits, an impersonality that lends itself to the novella’s overall suspense. Supernatural events (visions of ghosts) are observed by the governess and she becomes suspicious over Miles’ connection to the otherworldly encounters. Her fear grows over his perceived “wickedness” assuming that he is just too “exquisite” to be normal. The reader is never quite sure if the horrors of the ghosts are real or a product of the governess’s declining mental state. One of the first suspense horror novels of its kind, we’ll never be certain of the true nature and intentions of this little boy.
Miles Standish (The Courtship of Miles Standish) The Courtship of Miles Standish is a narrative poem written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in 1858. The poem is set in the early days of Plymouth Colony settled by pilgrims fresh off the Mayflower ship, and during a time of Native-American unrest (1621). It is the story of a love-triangle between Miles Standish, Priscilla Mullins, and John Alden, and is said to be true and passed to Longfellow (a descendent of John Alden himself) through oral tradition. Captain Miles Standish is the middle-aged, brave, swaggering military hero if a bit rough around the edges, and who just lost his wife and seeks to marry Pricilla. John Alden is Standish’s young and handsome roommate whom he asks to deliver his (Miles’) marriage proposal to the beautiful Pricilla on his behalf (fearing he lacks the right way with words). John Alden goes to Pricilla to deliver the proposal but is clearly enamored with the young beauty himself; thus, he innocently bumbles the message, clumsily attempts to recover, and muddles that effort until finally Pricilla makes her famous retort: “Prithee, John, why do you not speak for yourself?" In the end, John gets the girl and Miles "standishs" aside having given his blessing to the young lovers. It’s an optimistic ending; a fresh start for these new settlers in this new land.
Miles - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Miles.
Famous People Named Miles - Miles Davis (jazz musician); Miles Austin (football player); Miles Browning (World War II admiral); Miles Standish (famous pilgrim)
Famous People who Named their Son Miles - Eddie Murphy (comic/actor); Elisabeth Shue (actress); Joan Cusack (actress); Lionel Richie (musician); Susan Sarandon (actress)
Miles (Myles) Standish (c. 1584 – 1656) - One of the Mayflower passengers, Miles Standish was an English military officer hired by the Pilgrims as a military advisor for the Plymouth Colony. A defining characteristic of Standish's military leadership was his appetite for defensive action which resulted in at least two small scuffles on different groups of Native Americans. During these actions, Standish exhibited considerable courage and skill as a soldier, but also demonstrated a brutality that angered Native Americans and disturbed more moderate members of the Colony. One of the best known depictions of Standish in popular culture was the 1858 book, The Courtship of Miles Standish by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Highly fictionalized, the story presents Standish as a timid romantic. It was extremely popular in the 19th century and played a significant role in cementing the Pilgrim story in American culture.
Miles Davis (26 May 1926 – 28 September 1991) - Miles Davis was an iconic genius of jazz music. A trumpeter and composer, Davis’s contributions to the genre pushed jazz music into new territory. Born into a middle-class family and raised in East St. Louis, Miles inherited his musical talent from his mother. He became influenced by Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie and would eventually drop out of Juliard to play in a jazz quintet with “The Bird” (Parker) in 1946. Keeping up with Parker and his breakneck tempos and chord substitutions proved a humbling and invaluable experience for the young musician. He would go onto join other musicians who were playing a more relaxed, less volatile style of jazz. In the early 1950s, Miles’ contribution and standard of play would wane due to his heroin addiction, but in a few short years, he would clean-up his act and go onto form his first quintet (which included another jazz great, John Coltrane). This group would produce widely popular and great jazz music. In the 1960s, Miles moved onto another quintet that included, among others, Herbie Hancock. At this point in his career, Davis and his group improvised and experimented with new sounds – open forms of free jazz – which dazzled critics and avid jazz fans alike. The 1970s was a time when rock-and-roll was replacing jazz, and so Miles and his group experimented with fusion between the two genres and are considered pioneers of jazz-rock. Miles Davis is a giant among jazz musicians; his brilliance and contributions still influence music today.