The House of Mirth

The House of Mirth

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by Edith Wharton
     
 

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The House of Mirth (1905), is a novel by Edith Wharton. First published in 1905, the novel is Wharton's first important work of fiction, sold 140,000 copies between October and the end of December, and added to Wharton's existing fortune.

Although The House of Mirth is written in the style of a novel of manners, set against the backdrop of the 1890s New York…  See more details below

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The House of Mirth (1905), is a novel by Edith Wharton. First published in 1905, the novel is Wharton's first important work of fiction, sold 140,000 copies between October and the end of December, and added to Wharton's existing fortune.

Although The House of Mirth is written in the style of a novel of manners, set against the backdrop of the 1890s New York ruling class, it is a text considered to be part of American literary Naturalism. Wharton places her tragic heroine, Lily Bart, in a society that she describes as a "hot-house of traditions and conventions."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940014272803
Publisher:
Philtre Libre
Publication date:
03/19/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
306 KB

Meet the Author

Author of the classic novel The House of Mirth.

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 House of Mirth 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the novel, but pages of it are pure gibberish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has garbled words throughout. It is illegible and should not be offered even as a free e-book. Doesn't someone proof read these books? I spent a great deal of time with nook technicians via the phone and then at a Barnes and Noble Store trying to determine if it was the Nook or the book! I learned it was the book, and that you may especially get these illegible books when they are free. I only gave it one star because it would not be submitted without a rating. I really shouldn't give it any stars because I couldn't read it! Not nice!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brilliant character development of Ms. Lily Bart. I love how Wharton gives her readers an omnipotent view of the battle between good and evil that precedes each character's words and actions. It just shows how truly discerning and insightful she is. The protagonist's heroic adherence to her morals will really make you question the strenght of your own character. The ending depressed me, but I still think it the appropriate outcome. This book is a real classic!
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I liked the movie but not the book,so slow.
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Cynthia Keithley More than 1 year ago
This edition was unreadable with the gibberish that marred every page.
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swbarnes2 More than 1 year ago
Sometimes, there were paragraph breaks in the middle of words at the end of lines, or closing quotes would be moved to the beginning of the next paragraph. Readable, but annoying. I figure I paid for superior editing, and this didn't measure up.
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Cather More than 1 year ago
The House of Mirth is a brilliantly constructed novel, with emotional tugs that will stick with you. Although some might find it a little dated in subject matter (social mores in the very early 20th century in New York), it does impart a fascinating picture of that place and time among the rich (and wealthy want to bes). Thoroughly readable and enjoyable.
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