House of Mirth / Edition 1

House of Mirth / Edition 1

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by Edith Wharton
     
 

One of Edith Wharton's most accomplished social satires, this novel tells the story of the beautiful but impoverished New York socialite Lily Bart, whose refusal to compromise in her search for a husband leads to her exclusion from polite society. In charting the course of Lily's life and downfall, Wharton also provides a wider picture of a society in transition, a… See more details below

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One of Edith Wharton's most accomplished social satires, this novel tells the story of the beautiful but impoverished New York socialite Lily Bart, whose refusal to compromise in her search for a husband leads to her exclusion from polite society. In charting the course of Lily's life and downfall, Wharton also provides a wider picture of a society in transition, a milieu in which old certainties, manners, and morals no longer hold true, and where the individual has become an expendable commodity.
This classic American novel is now available in a Broadview edition that includes a critical introduction and a rich selection of contextual documents. Appendices include Wharton's correspondence about The House of Mirth, contemporary articles on social mores, etiquette, and dress, and related writings by Henry James, Thorstein Veblen, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781551115672
Publisher:
Broadview Press
Publication date:
09/12/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
486
Sales rank:
667,402
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Edith Wharton (1862-1937) was raised in New York City in a socially prominent family. She wrote the novels The Age of Innocence, Ethan Frome, Old New York, The Old Maid, and 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

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Edith Wharton: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text
The House of Mirth
Book I
Book II
Appendix A: Edith Wharton's Introduction to the 1936 Edition of The House of Mirth
Appendix B: From Edith Wharton's Autobiography, A Backward Glance (1934)
Appendix C: Edith Wharton's correspondence about The House of Mirth, 1905
Appendix D: Contemporary Reviews of The House of Mirth
1. Independent (20 July 1905)
2. Outlook (21 October 1905)
3. Times Literary Supplement (1 December 1905)
4. Literary Digest (December 1905)
5. From Olivia Howard Dunbar, "A Group of Novels," Critic (December 1905)
6. Saturday Review (17 February 1906)
Appendix E: A Social Picture of New York and Newport
1. From Thorstein Veblen, The Theory of the Leisure Class (1899)
2. From Henry James, The American Scene (1907)
3. From Anna Wentworth Sears, "The Correct Thing," Harper's Bazaar (1905)
4. From Masquerades, Tableaux and Drills (1906)
5. From W.C. Brownell, "Newport," Scribner's Magazine (August 1894)
6. From Florence Howe Hall, "Changes in the Newport Life and Forms of Entertainment," Harper's Bazaar (November 1905)
Appendix F: The Lives of Women
1. From Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Women and Economics: A Study of the Economic Relation Between Women and Men (1898)
2. From Clara Sidney Davidge, "Working-Girls' Clubs," Scribner's Magazine (May 1894)
3. Editorial, "Our National Fault," Harper's Bazaar (February 1904)
4. Editorial, "Cards in the Morning," Harper's Bazaar (January 1905)
5. From Mrs. John Sherwood, Manners and Social Usages (1887)
6. Fashion Images (1905)
Appendix G: From Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman, Jr., The Decoration of Houses (1897)
Appendix H: Edith Wharton, "The Introducers" (1905)
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