The House of Mirth: With Edith Wharton's Sought-After 'Introduction to the 1936 Edition' (Aziloth Books)

The House of Mirth: With Edith Wharton's Sought-After 'Introduction to the 1936 Edition' (Aziloth Books)

by Edith Wharton
     
 
The House of Mirth follows the career and final downfall of Lily Bart, a society beauty in turn of the century New York, whose financial security stands on very shaky ground. In a culture where money measures everything and morals are worn like fashionable garments, for appearances only, an essentially honest Lily is torn between offers of a loveless, financially

Overview

The House of Mirth follows the career and final downfall of Lily Bart, a society beauty in turn of the century New York, whose financial security stands on very shaky ground. In a culture where money measures everything and morals are worn like fashionable garments, for appearances only, an essentially honest Lily is torn between offers of a loveless, financially secure marriage and one of love and relative poverty with the man she adores. By turns naïve, worldly and reckless, her vacillating nature pulls her first in one direction, then the other, in a downward spiral towards eventual tragedy.

Edith Wharton was born into the same social milieu she so successfully satirised in her novels, and The House of Mirth's scathing and perceptive view of New York's financial elite did not make her any friends among the American beau monde. Following the book's publication (and its tremendous literary success), Wharton left the United States permanently and spent the rest of her days in Europe.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781909735521
Publisher:
Aziloth Books
Publication date:
07/21/2014
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
645,394
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.55(d)

Meet the Author

Born into a prosperous New York family, Edith Wharton (1862-1937) wrote more than 15 novels, including The Age of Innocence, The House of Mirth, Ethan Frome, and other esteemed books. She was distinguished for her work in the First World War and was the first woman to receive a Doctorate of Letters from Yale University. She died in France at the age of 75.

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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