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The House of Mirth (Signet Classics)

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Publisher Comments:

The House of Mirth stands as the work that first established Edith Wharton's eminent literary reputation. In it she honed her acerbic style, and discovered her defining subject: the fashionable New York society in which she had been raised, and which held the power to debase both people and ideals. In this devastatingly accurate and finely wrought novel, the heroine is Lily Bart, a poor relation of a wealthy woman. Lily is beautiful, intelligent, and hopelessly addicted to the pleasures of the moneyed world of luxury and grace. But, ironically, it is her delicacy of taste and moral sensibility that render her unfit for survival in this world, and helpless against the vulgarity and greed that form the true foundation of its glittering social edifice. A brilliant portrayal of both human frailty and nobility, and a bitter attack on false social values, The House of Mirth has been hailed by Louis Auchincloss as "uniquely authentic among American novels of manners".

Synopsis:

A literary sensation when it was published by Scribners in 1905, The House of Mirth quickly established Edith Wharton as the most important American woman of letters in the twentieth century. The first American novel to provide a devastatingly accurate portrait of New York's aristocracy, it is the story of the beautiful and beguiling Lily Bart and her ill-fated attempt to rise to the heights of a heartless society in which, ultimately, she has no part.

Synopsis:

Beautiful, intelligent, and hopelessly addicted to luxury, Lily Bart is the heroine of this Wharton masterpiece. But it is her very taste and moral sensibility that render her unfit for survival in this world.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780451527561
Introduction:
Quindlen, Anna
Author:
Quindlen, Anna
Author:
Wharton, Edith
Author:
Auchincloss, Louis
Publisher:
New American Library
Location:
New York
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Single women
Subject:
Social classes
Subject:
Wharton, edith, 1862-1937
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one auth
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
New York (N.Y.) Social life and customs.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Signet Classics Paperback
Series Volume:
B-88-4
Publication Date:
20000231
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
6.76x4.26x.81 in. .38 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 368 pages New American Library - English 9780451527561 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by ,
A literary sensation when it was published by Scribners in 1905, The House of Mirth quickly established Edith Wharton as the most important American woman of letters in the twentieth century. The first American novel to provide a devastatingly accurate portrait of New York's aristocracy, it is the story of the beautiful and beguiling Lily Bart and her ill-fated attempt to rise to the heights of a heartless society in which, ultimately, she has no part.
"Synopsis" by , Beautiful, intelligent, and hopelessly addicted to luxury, Lily Bart is the heroine of this Wharton masterpiece. But it is her very taste and moral sensibility that render her unfit for survival in this world.
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