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The House of Mirth

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Publisher Comments:

Satiric portrayal of New York society at the turn of the century in which Lily Bart, the beautiful heroine, is doomed because she is totally dependent on marriage for economic survival.

Synopsis:

Introduction by Pamela Knights

From the Hardcover edition.

Synopsis:

Introduction by Pamela Knights

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

An immensely popular bestseller upon its publication in 1905, The House of Mirth was Edith Whartons first great novel. Set among the elegant brownstones of New York City and opulent country houses like gracious Bellomont on the Hudson, the novel creates a satiric portrayal of what Wharton herself called “a society of irresponsible pleasure-seekers” with a precision comparable to that of Proust. And her brilliant and complex characterization of the doomed Lily Bart, whose stunning beauty and dependence on marriage for economic survival reduce her to a decorative object, becomes an incisive commentary on the nature and status of women in that society. From her tragic attraction to bachelor lawyer Lawrence Selden to her desperate relationship with social-climbing Rosedale, Lily is all too much a product of the world indicated by the title, a phrase taken from Ecclesiastes: “The heart of fools is in the house of mirth.” For it is Lilys very specialness that threatens the elegance and fulfillment she seeks in life. Along with the authors other masterpiece, The Age of Innocence, this novel claims a place among the finest American novels of manners.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780553213201
Designed:
Lewis, R. W.
Author:
Lewis, R. W.
Author:
Wharton, Edith
Publisher:
Bantam Classics
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
American
Subject:
Novels and novellas
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one author)
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one auth
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Literature-A to Z
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fiction;classic;classics;american;new york;literature;novel;20th century;american literature;society;women;new york city;historical fiction;19th century;usa;1900s;classic literature;america;romance;tragedy;gilded age;edith wharton;wharton;american fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series Volume:
84
Publication Date:
19840231
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
6.93x4.24x.76 in. .47 lbs.

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