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The House of Mirth

The House of Mirth (Paperback)

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This is the "Penguin English Library Edition" of "The House of Mirth" by Edith Wharton. 'It was characteristic of her that she always roused speculation, that her simplest acts seemed the result of far-reaching intentions'. A searing, shocking tale of women as consumer items in a man's world, "The House of Mirth" sees Lily Bart, beautiful and charming, living among the wealthy families of New York but reluctant to finally commit herself to a husband. In her search for freedom and the happiness she feels she deserves, Lily is ultimately ruined by scandal. Edith Wharton's shattering novel created controversy on its publication in 1905 with its scathing portrayal of the world's wealthy and the prison that marriage can become. "The Penguin English Library" - 100 editions of the best fiction in English, from the eighteenth century and the very first novels to the beginning of the First World War.

Fiction & PoetryClassic fiction pre 1945 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 26/04/2012 ISBN-13: 9780141199023  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Edith Newbold Jones (Edith Wharton) (1862-1937) was born in New York City during the American Civil War. She enjoyed a diverse and very successful career as interior and garden designer, short story writer and award-winning novelist. It was The House of Mirth, published in 1905, that made Wharton famous, and in 1921 she became the first woman to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Her great novella Ethan Frome is also published in the Penguin English Library.

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Set in New York at the turn of the 20th century, House of Mirth charts the downfall of Lily Bart - beautiful, charming and increasingly trapped by her desire to remain a part of the social elite whilst refusing to fully play by its rules. The conflicts between financial security, independence and personal happiness make this a deeply contemporary novel, written with a darkly satirical edge. What makes Lily a fascinating heroine is her cynical awareness of her own position and of the limitations of the social system that she aspires to be part of. Wharton ruthlessly dissects the milieu into which she was born, depicting a world where appearance is everything and the power of wealth can mitigate any circumstances.

 

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