March 15, 2009
March 15, 2009
Since its publication in 1905 The House of Mirth has commanded attention for the sharpness of Wharton's observations and the power of her style. A lucid, disturbing analysis of the stifling limitations imposed upon women of her generation, Wharton's tale of Lily Bart's search for a husband of position in New York Society, and betrayal of her own heart, transformed the traditional novel of manners into an arrestingly modern document of cultural anthropology. With incisive contemporary analysis, the introduction by a leading scholar of American literature updates this increasingly important work.
Published in 1905, Edith Wharton's first novel, THE HOUSE OF MIRTH, navigates the murky waters of class-bound courtship and marriage in turn-of-the-century upper-crust Manhattan. Ironic, sharp, and tragic, the novel follows beautiful, orphaned Lily Bart in her search for a rich husband--the only route open to her if she is to survive in a ruthlessly materialistic world. Mercilessly, Wharton exposes the cruelty and indifference of a society in which such a woman has no role except to be exploited and looked down upon. Nor does she neglect to expose the vanity and delusions of poor Lily herself--qualities that undermine her considerable intelligence and charm. As always, Wharton is writing about a world she knows first-hand, and one in which she suffered her own trials. The complex and poignant tale of Lily Bart is one of her most popular and successful novels
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
- Subgenre: Conflicts + Dualities, Human Qualities + Behavior, Family + Friendship, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, General, Classics, Love + Relationships + Sex
- Edition: Reprint
- Language: English
- Author: Edith Wharton
- Online Item #: 13234283
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-59-4314
- ISBN: 9780199538102
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported