The Custom of the Country (Barnes & Noble Digital Library)

The Custom of the Country (Barnes & Noble Digital Library)

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by Edith Wharton
     
 

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The Custom of the Country (1913) focuses on a Midwestern girl, Undine Spragg, who attempts to win a high position in New York society. With clear motives and dark secrets, Undine enters the city’s social scene. The unscrupulous, ever-unsatisfied Undine, through divorce and blackmail, schemes endlessly for what is beyond her grasp.

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The Custom of the Country (1913) focuses on a Midwestern girl, Undine Spragg, who attempts to win a high position in New York society. With clear motives and dark secrets, Undine enters the city’s social scene. The unscrupulous, ever-unsatisfied Undine, through divorce and blackmail, schemes endlessly for what is beyond her grasp.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781411438699
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
02/15/2011
Series:
Barnes & Noble Digital Library
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
362
File size:
422 KB

Meet the Author


Edith Wharton (1862–1937) was an acclaimed chronicler and keen observer of privileged society, novelist, and short story writer. Her novel The Age of Innocence made her the first female Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction in 1921. She is the also the author of The House of Mirth and Ethan Frome.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
January 24, 1862
Date of Death:
August 11, 1937
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Place of Death:
Saint-Brice-sous-Forêt, France
Education:
Educated privately in New York and Europe

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The Custom Of The Country 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's interesting to read how ruthless and unscrupulous people can be for their own self-preservation. Undine is a character I loved to hate. This novel could be a social commentary of life today. Fabulous vocabulary! It is a slow read, but worth it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was a literature major in college a long time ago: I'd never heard mention of this novel. She is such a fine author and this is my favorite of all! If you like her work, if you like American literature, you won't be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Timeless wisdom about women's issues in the society of consumerism as we see as the American Dream.
Eowyn24 More than 1 year ago
Undine reminds me in a way of Scarlet O'Hara. The author lived at the same time period she placed the story and was divorced as well as the main character - so you have to wonder if this is an insight to how divorce was thought of in the different social groups as the time. Had some slow parts, but was a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Edith Wharton books, but this is my favorite by far. The characters are well developed and the story is spell binding if you like that era.
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But a pretty good soap opera. The protagonist, Undine, can be a bit tiresome, but Wharton's handling of her life is pretty clever, especially at the end! I had never heard of this book before reading about it in a recent issue of the New Yorker. That writer said that it was very relevant to the Wall Street shenanigans, consumerism, and divorce in today's society. This claim is largely true, and the book is interesting in that regard.
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