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Deeply moving study of the tyrannical and rigid requirements of New York high society in the late 19th century and the effect of those strictures on the lives of three people. Vividly characterized drama of affection thwarted by a man’s sense of honor,…

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For the 150th anniversary of Edith Wharton's birth: her three greatest novels in a couture-inspired deluxe edition featuring a new introduction by Jonathan Franzen. Born into a distinguished New York family, Edith Wharton chronicled the lives of the wealthy, the…

Ethan Frome

by Edith Wharton

|October 25, 2005

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Set against the frozen waste of a harsh New England winter, Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome is a tale of despair, forbidden emotions, and sexual tensions, published with an introduction and notes by Elizabeth Ammons in Penguin Classics. Ethan Frome works his…

The House of Mirth

by Edith Wharton

|November 26, 1991

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In 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…

Ethan Frome

by Edith Wharton

|December 13, 2008

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`It was not so much his great height that marked him ... it was the careless powerful look that he had, in spite of a lameness checking each step like the jerk of a chain.' Set against the bleak winter landscape of New England, Ethan Frome tells the story of a…

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Edith Wharton filled her novels with a feeling of ruin, passion and restriction. People can fall in love, but rarely do things turn out well. But but few of even her books can evoke the feeling of Ethan Frome, whick packs plenty of emotion, vibrancy and regrets…

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The Buccaneers

by Edith Wharton

|October 1, 1994

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Set in the 1870s, the same period as Wharton's The Age of Innocence , The Buccaneers is about five wealthy American girls denied entry into New York Society because their parents' money is too new. At the suggestion of their clever governess, the girls sail to…

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The Penguin English Library Edition of Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton 'He seemed a part of the mute melancholy landscape, an incarnation of its frozen woe, with all that was warm and sentient in him fast bound below the surface' Ethan Frome works his unproductive…

The Custom Of The Country

by Edith Wharton

|This title releases February 1, 2017

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A forgotten classic by the acclaimed author of The Age of Innocence , The Custom of the Country recounts the story of Undine Spragg, a young out-of-town girl attempting to social climb in New York City, with devastating effects   The Spraggs, a nouveau riche…

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Diagnosed with typhoid fever at age of nine, Edith Wharton was beginning a long convalescence when she was given a book of ghost tales to read. Not only setting back her recovery, this reading opened up her fevered imagination to "a world haunted by formless…

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