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The House of Mirth (Modern Library)

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Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all timeIn The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton depicts the glittering salons of Gilded Age New York with precision and wit, even as she movingly portrays the obstacles that impeded women's choices at the turn of the century.

The beautiful, much-desired Lily Bart has been raised to be one of the perfect wives of the wealthy upper class, but her spark of character and independent drive prevents her from becoming one of the many women who will succeed in those circles. Though her desire for a comfortable life means that she cannot marry for love without money, her resistance to the rules of the social elite endangers her many marriage proposals. As Lily spirals down into debt and dishonor, her story takes on the resonance of classic tragedy. One of Wharton's most bracing and nuanced portraits of the life of women in a hostile, highly ordered world, The House of Mirth exposes the truths about American high society that its denizens most wished to deny. With an introduction by Pamela Knights.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375753756
Introduction:
Hardwick, Elizabeth
Publisher:
Modern Library
Introduction by:
Hardwick, Elizabeth
Introduction:
Hardwick, Elizabeth
Author:
Wharton, Edith
Author:
Hardwick, Elizabeth
Location:
London :
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one author)
Subject:
Romance - General
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one auth
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
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
Subject:
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
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Modern Library 100 Best Novels
Series Volume:
35
Publication Date:
19990831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8 x 5.1 x 0.75 in 0.6 lb

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