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The Custom of the Country (Modern Library Classics)

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Publisher Comments:

Highly acclaimed at its publication in 1913, The Custom of the Country is a cutting commentary on Americas nouveaux riches, their upward-yearning aspirations and their eventual downfalls. Through her heroine, the beautiful and ruthless Undine Spragg, a spoiled heiress who looks to her next materialistic triumph as her latest conquest throws himself at her feet, Edith Wharton presents a startling, satiric vision of social behavior in all its greedy glory. As Undine moves from Americas heartland to Manhattan, and then to Paris, Whartons critical eye leaves no social class unscathed.

Synopsis:

At the turn of the 20th Century, it seems the only power a woman has is obtained through the institution of marriage. Or so Undine Spragg, the spoiled, unscrupulous, vain, and magnetic heroine of Wharton's "The Custom of the Country" thinks. She leaves a wake of destruction and despair in her quest for wealth and power within New York's nouveau riche society. With a backdrop of New York, Paris, Reno, and Apex City, Kansas, Wharton paints a picture of greed and power still powerful a near century after it was written.

About the Author

Diane Johnson is the author of ten novels, most recently Le Mariage and Le Divorce, two books of essays, two biographies, and the screenplay for Stanley Kubricks classic film The Shining. She has been a finalist four times for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Awards.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375758072
Introduction:
Johnson, Diane
Publisher:
Modern Library
Introduction by:
Johnson, Diane
Introduction:
Johnson, Diane
Author:
Wharton, Edith
Author:
Johnson, Diane
Location:
New York
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Paris
Subject:
Divorced women
Subject:
Americans
Subject:
Satire
Subject:
New York
Subject:
Upper class
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Remarried people.
Subject:
New york (n.y.)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2001
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Modern Library Classics
Series Volume:
T-6
Publication Date:
20011031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9.00x5.00x1.00 in. 1.00 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , At the turn of the 20th Century, it seems the only power a woman has is obtained through the institution of marriage. Or so Undine Spragg, the spoiled, unscrupulous, vain, and magnetic heroine of Wharton's "The Custom of the Country" thinks. She leaves a wake of destruction and despair in her quest for wealth and power within New York's nouveau riche society. With a backdrop of New York, Paris, Reno, and Apex City, Kansas, Wharton paints a picture of greed and power still powerful a near century after it was written.
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