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The House of Mirth (1905)

by Edith Wharton

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The tragic story of a beautiful young woman caught up in the shallow and corrupt world of New York society at the turn of the century, where wealth and social status are everything.
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A classic. I thought 'Ethan Frome' was one of the most over-emo things I've ever read (that sled), but from what little I know of Edith Wharton's own difficult history, her books demand to be read. 'The House of Mirth' is much better than 'Ethan Frome', possibly because it is more in depth. Delving into the difficulties of being a woman without support or resources in the late 19th century -- I think this was an important book in 1905. Lily Bart's journey is a complicated one here, but that was life for a woman back then - socially so complicated. All those orphan characters, you can't help the bleeding heart. I was wondering if my great grandmother had read this book - this could have been her. ( )
  booklove2 | Oct 6, 2020 |
this book is even more depressing than the age of innocence if that's possible. the writing is genius but the plot is infuriating. Granted Wharton's novel(s) of manners is the only kind I can actually tolerate but I'm glad that type of novel has become antiquated. side note: Not a fan of her antisemitism. ( )
  PRose0590 | Aug 12, 2020 |
Beautiful, sophisticated and endlessly ambitious Lily Bart endeavors to climb the social ladder of New York's elite by securing a good match and living beyond her means.

Now nearing 30 years of age and having rejected several proposals, forever in the hope of finding someone better, her future prospects are threatened.

A damning commentary of 20th-century social order,
  Gmomaj | Jul 27, 2020 |
What a sad tale! In a way it's Mean Girls, 20th Century style, but the protagonist doesn't win. As a novel of manners, it captures the behaviors of upper class New Yorkers at the end of the Gilded Age with some laugh-out-loud insights. This story offers much to sink your teeth into, but I won't spoil it for you with details. Get a cup of tea and enjoy it. ( )
  MMKY | Jul 3, 2020 |
Failed fortune hunter
too picky for a beggar
she's got bills to pay. ( )
  Eggpants | Jun 25, 2020 |
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Wharton, Edithprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bawden, NinaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Beer, JanetEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bron, EleanorNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brookner, AnitaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Caruso, BarbaraNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cheshire, GerardContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fields, AnnaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lewis, R. W. B.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McCaddon, WandaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pirè, LucianaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wenzell, A. B.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Set in the opulent houses and glittering resorts of New York's fashionable society, this is the story of Lily Bart, beautiful, witty and sophisticated, accepted by "old money", courted by the growing tribe of nouveaux riches. But, as she nears thirty, her foothold becomes precarious: she needs a husband to preserve her social and financial standing, to maintain her in the luxury she craves. Many men have sought her, but something - fastidiousness, an uncomfortable intelligence or some deep-seated integrity - prevents her from making a "suitable" match. Watched by the admiring but impoverished Lawrence Selden, she struggles courageously with the difficulties caused by the growing threat of poverty and her contempt for hypocrisy - a contempt which compromises her position as an unmarried woman among "the ultra-fashionable dancing people". This novel, originally published in 1905, shocked the society it chronicles, portraying the moral, social and economic constraints on a spriited woman.
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Penguin Australia

2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0140187294, 0141199024

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