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The House Of Mirth

Author : Edith Wharton
ISBN : 9781101640241
Genre : Fiction
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An immensely popular bestseller upon its publication in 1905, The House of Mirth was Edith Wharton’s first great novel. Set among the elegant brownstones of New York City and opulent country houses like gracious Bellomont on the Hudson, the novel creates a satiric portrayal of what Wharton herself called “a society of irresponsible pleasure-seekers” with a precision comparable to that of Proust. And her brilliant and complex characterization of the doomed Lily Bart, whose stunning beauty and dependence on marriage for economic survival reduce her to a decorative object, becomes an incisive commentary on the nature and status of women in that society. From her tragic attraction to bachelor lawyer Lawrence Selden to her desperate relationship with social-climbing Rosedale, Lily is all too much a product of the world indicated by the title, a phrase taken from Ecclesiastes: “The heart of fools is in the house of mirth.” For it is Lily’s very specialness that threatens the elegance and fulfillment she seeks in life. Along with the author’s other masterpiece, The Age of Innocence, this novel claims a place among the finest American novels of manners.
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The House Of Mirth With An Introduction By Walter B Rideout

Author : Edith Wharton
ISBN : 1420955675
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Pulitzer Prize-winning American author Edith Wharton used her inside knowledge of upper class New York life in the early part of the 20th century as the basis for her 1905 novel, "The House of Mirth". The novel is the classic and tragic portrayal of Lily Bart, an intelligent New York socialite during the Victorian era, who seeks to secure a husband and a place in the society life of New York's upper class. Lily, who was raised to strive for a socially and economically prosperous marital union, finds herself at the edge of thirty, her youthful beauty fading and her matrimonial prospects dwindling. The novel follows Lily's descent down the social ladder over a period of two years as she circles the margins of New York's upper class drawing closer to what seems an inevitable loneliness. Central to the theme of the novel is how the Victorian era offered women relatively few other alternatives to achieve upward social and economic mobility than through marriage. A classic depiction of a bygone era, "The House of Mirth" is at once a detailed portrait of New York society life and a social satire which harshly criticizes the moral failings of the rich. This edition is printed on premium acid-free paper and includes an introduction by Walter B. Rideout.
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Three European Novels

Author : Edith Wharton
ISBN : 0140189807
Genre : Fiction
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Three novels are contained in this title from the TWENTIETH CENTURY CLASSICS series, each looking ironically at the affairs of the old and new wealthy American classes moving to Europe. Previous works by Edith Wharton include THE AGE OF INNOCENCE, ETHAN FROME and SUMMER.
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Books In Print

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105015915866
Genre : American literature
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Edith Wharton S The House Of Mirth

Author : Carol J. Singley
ISBN : 9780199972418
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Edith Wharton is recognized as one of the twentieth century's most important American writers. The House of Mirth not only initiated three decades of Wharton's popular and critical acclaim, it helped move women's literature into a new place of achievement and prominence. The House of Mirth is perhaps Wharton's best-known and most frequently read novel, and scholars and teachers consider it an essential introduction to Wharton and her work. The novel, moreover, lends itself to a variety of topics of inquiry and critical approaches of interest to readers at various levels. This casebook collects critical essays addressing a broad spectrum of topics and utilizing a range of critical and theoretical approaches. It also includes Wharton's introduction to the 1936 edition of the novel and her discussion of the composition of the novel from her autobiography.
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Edith Wharton S The House Of Mirth

Author : Janet Beer
ISBN : 9780415350105
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth (1905) is a sharp and satirical, but also sensitive and tragic analysis of a young, single woman trying to find her place in a materialistic and unforgiving society. The House of Mirth offers a fascinating insight into the culture of the time and, as suggested by the success of recent film adaptations, it is also an enduring tale of love, ambition and social pressures still relevant today. Including a selection of illustrations from the original magazine publication, which offers a unique insight to what the contemporary reader would have seen, this volume also provides: an accessible introduction to the text and contexts of The House of Mirth a critical history, surveying the many interpretations of the text from publication to the present a selection of new critical essays on the The House of Mirth, by Edie Thornton, Katherine Joslin, Janet Beer, Elizabeth Nolan, Kathy Fedorko and Pamela Knights, providing a range of perspectives on the novel and extending the coverage of key critical approaches identified in the survey section cross-references between sections of the guide, in order to suggest links between texts, contexts and criticism suggestions for further reading. Part of the Routledge Guides to Literature series, this volume is essential reading for all those beginning detailed study of The House of Mirth and seeking not only a guide to the novel, but a way through the wealth of contextual and critical material that surrounds Wharton’s text.
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Penguin Classics

Author : Penguin (Firm)
ISBN : 0147715970
Genre : Literature
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Three Novels Of Old New York

Author : Edith Wharton
ISBN : 014018984X
Genre : Fiction
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Wharton's acclaimed portrayals of life, love, and marriage among New York's wealthy society in the early years of this century depict with subtle irony the cruelties of social conventions and the contradictions between monetary values and moral values. These three novels are the best representations of Wharton's intuitive insight.
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The Age Of Innocence

Author : Edith Wharton
ISBN : 9781101157428
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Edith Wharton’s masterpiece brings to life the grandeur and hypocrisy of a gilded age. Set among the very rich in 1870s New York, it tells the story of Newland Archer, a young lawyer engaged to marry virginal socialite May Welland, when he meets her cousin, Countess Ellen Olenska, a woman unbound by convention and surrounded by scandal. As all three are drawn into a love triangle filled with sensuality, subtlety, and betrayal, Archer faces a harrowing choice between happiness and the social code that has ruled his life. The resulting tale of thwarted love is filled with irony and surprise, struggle and acceptance. Recipient of the first Pulitzer Prize for fiction ever awarded to a woman, this great novel paints a timeless portrait of “society” still unmatched in American literature—an arbitrary, capricious social elite that professes inviolable standards but readily abandons them for greed and desire.
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Ethan Frome

Author : Edith Wharton
ISBN : 081241554X
Genre : Fiction
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A simple New England farmer is horribly trapped by forces he cannot control. Oversized edition.
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Forthcoming Books

Author : Rose Arny
ISBN : UOM:39015033709554
Genre : American literature
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Student Companion To Edith Wharton

Author : Melissa McFarland Pennell
ISBN : 0313317151
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Critiques such stories as "The House of Mirth" and "Ethan Frome," while providing biographical information about this talented author.
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The Custom Of The Country

Author : Edith Wharton
ISBN : 0140181903
Genre : Fiction
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This is the story of spoiled Undine Spragg, a vain heroine who rises from Dakota to New York to Paris, leaving behind a trail of broken promises on her quest for a place in the upper class.
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The Glimpses Of The Moon

Author : Edith Wharton
ISBN : 9781775419143
Genre : Fiction
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From the author that penned beloved literary classics such as The Age of Innocence and The House of Mirth comes The Glimpses of the Moon, the surprisingly funny tale of an unlikely romance that arises between newlyweds on an extended honeymoon who have married for convenience, rather than for love.
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Ethan Frome Diversion Classics

Author : Edith Wharton
ISBN : 9781626819955
Genre : Fiction
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Featuring an appendix of discussion questions, the Diversion Classics edition is ideal for use in book groups and classrooms. The masterpiece of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edith Wharton, ETHAN FROME tells a story of domestic drama, tragedy and heartbreak. Caught between duty to his ailing wife, Zeena, and passion for her cousin, Mattie, Ethan must come to terms with his own desires. The psychology and nuances of these finely drawn characters make this Victorian novel an enduring classic.
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The World Over

Author : Edith Wharton
ISBN : 1447472675
Genre : Fiction
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The World Over was Wharton's last collection of stories, and typifies her elegant style and a feminist perspective that was ahead of its time. The collection includes one of her best-loved stories Roman Fever, which features two middle-aged American women who are visiting Rome with their daughters, and whose past conceals rivalry and jealousy. Wharton's novels are characterized by a subtle use of dramatic irony. Having grown up in upper-class pre-World War I society, she became one of its most astute critics. In such works as The House of Mirth and The Age of Innocence she employed both humour and profound empathy to describe the lives of New York's upper class and the vanishing of their world in the early years of the 20th century.
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The Age Of Innocence

Author : Edith Wharton
ISBN : 014018970X
Genre : Fiction
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As Newland Archer prepares to marry docile May Welland, the return of the mysterious Countess Olenska turns his life upside down.
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The Children

Author : Edith Wharton
ISBN : 9781409225515
Genre : Fiction
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A modern edition of Edith Wharton's classic story of the adventures of neglected children.
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