The House Of Mirth

byEdith WhartonIntroduction byAnna QuindlenAfterword byMichael Gorra

October 6, 2015|
The House Of Mirth by Edith Wharton
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Edith Wharton''s classic novel, The House of Mirth, is a brillaint exposé of the pretense and greed of fashionable New York Society.

In The House of Mirth, which helped to establish Edith Wharton’s literary reputation, she honed her acerbic style and discovered her defining subject: the fashionable New York society in which she had been raised and that held the power to debase both people and ideals. In this devastatingly accurate and finely wrought tale, Lily Bart, the poor relation of a wealthy woman, is beautiful, intelligent, and hopelessly addicted to the moneyed world of luxury and grace. But her good taste and moral sensibility render her unfit for survival in a vulgar society whose glittering social edifice is based on a foundation of pure greed. 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.”

With an Introduction by Anna Quindlen 
and an Afterword by Michael Gorra
Edith Jones Wharton (1862–1937) was born in New York City into a family of merchants, bankers, and lawyers. She was educated privately by tutors and governesses. In 1885, she married Edward Wharton of Boston; the couple lived in New York, Newport, Lenox, and Paris until their divorce in 1913, when Wharton settled permanently in P...
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Title:The House Of Mirth
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Product dimensions:368 pages, 6.81 X 4.25 X 0.94 in
Shipping dimensions:368 pages, 6.81 X 4.25 X 0.94 in
Published:October 6, 2015
Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780451474308

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