The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

The House of Mirth

byEdith Wharton

Kobo ebook | December 26, 2007

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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 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.

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From the Hardcover edition.

Edith Wharton was a woman of extreme contrasts; brought up to be a leisured aristocrat, she was also dedicated to her career as a writer. She wrote novels of manners about the old New York society from which she came, but her attitude was consistently critical. Her irony and her satiric touches, as well as her insight into human charac...
Title:The House of MirthFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 26, 2007Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0553904450

ISBN - 13:9780553904451

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not bad..Just not my kind of book. Good book, great writing, it was just not my type of book so I wasn't very interested while I was reading it.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fine trip to another era I hadn’t read Wharton in a long while and had forgotten how effortlessly elegant and immensely readable her writing is. This novel is about the beautiful, witty and still unmarried Lily Bart. Although from a good family, she is poor and needs to find a husband to support her. Her precarious footing in New York society makes for an interesting tale set at the very beginning of the 1900’s.
Date published: 2014-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Summer Delight My first impression upon reading "The House of Mirth" was relief, relief that I had not been introduced to such a novel in one of the many literature courses required for my degree. Had I previously read this novel, my impression would have been one of modest enjoyment but not rapture. Being somewhat more mature and certainly having gained experience in love and life in general, Lily Bart captured my attention like no other character. For those enamoured by social code of an era past, duty and moral obligation, this novel will not disappoint you. If you were truly captivated by Thomas Hardy's "Tess of the d'Urbervilles", Wharton's examination of a woman's plight from the female perspective and published fourteen years later, will surely engage you.
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