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The Custom of the Country (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)

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Publisher Comments:

Wharton's glittering satire of the newly affluent in Old New York

Considered by many to be her masterpiece, Edith Wharton's second full-length work is a scathing yet personal examination of the exploits and follies of the modern upper class. As she unfolds the story of Undine Spragg, from New York to Europe, Wharton affords us a detailed glimpse of what might be called the interior dcor of this America and its nouveau riche fringes. Through a heroine who is as vain, spoiled, and selfish as she is irresistibly fascinating, and through a most intricate and satisfying plot that follows Undine's marriages and affairs, she conveys a vision of social behavior that is both supremely informed and supremely disenchanted.

Synopsis:

"As long as men and women seek to use each otherand to use each other badlyEdith Wharton can be counted upon to provide the ideal commentary."

Anita Brookner

About the Author

'Edith Wharton (1862 &1937) published poetry and short stories in magazines and in volume form before her novel The House of Mirth became a bestseller and established her as a writer of both distinction and popular appeal. Her other novels include Ethan Frome and The Age of Innocence, winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

Linda Wagner-Martin is Frank Borden Hanes Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the editor of The Portable Edith Wharton.'

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140181906
Introduction:
Brookner, Anita
Author:
Brookner, Anita
Introduction:
Brookner, Anita
Author:
Wharton, Edith
Author:
Brookner, Anita
Author:
Wagner-Martin, Linda
Publisher:
Penguin Classics
Location:
London ;
Subject:
General
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Divorced women
Subject:
New York
Subject:
Upper class
Subject:
Upper class -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction.
Series:
Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin
Series Volume:
562
Publication Date:
19900102
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
7.78x5.20x.64 in. .54 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , "As long as men and women seek to use each otherand to use each other badlyEdith Wharton can be counted upon to provide the ideal commentary."

Anita Brookner

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