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Madame de Treymes (Penguin 60s) (original 1907; edition 1995)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0146000153, Paperback)Edith Wharton's "Madame de Treymes" is a remarkable example of the form. It is the story of the tactical defeat but moral victory of an honest and upstanding American in his struggle to win a wife from a tightly united but feudally minded French aristocratic family. He loses, but they cheat. . . . In a masterpiece of brevity, Wharton dramatizes the contrast between the two opposing forces: the simple and proper old brownstone New York, low in style but high in principle, and the achingly beautiful but decadent Saint-Germain district of Paris. The issue is seamlessly joined.
Louis Auchincloss in the "Wall Street Journal," 2006
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A captivating portrait of a clash of cultures and the role of women in society, this is the story of two young innocents abroad Fanny Frisbee, a young woman enduring an unhappy marriage, and John Durham, her childhood friend who arrives in Paris hoping to convince Fanny to divorce her husband and marry him.
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