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The House of Mirth (Signet Classics) [Paperback]

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Pages   350
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.76" Width: 4.26" Height: 0.81"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2000
Publisher   Penguin Group USA
Age  18
ISBN  0451527569  
EAN  9780451527561  

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A portrait of American manners and morals at the turn of the century offers the saga of Lily Bart, a beautiful heroine who lacks one requirement for marrying well in New York society--her own money

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A literary sensation when it was published by Scribners in 1905, The House of Mirth quickly established Edith Wharton as the most important American woman of letters in the twentieth century. The first American novel to provide a devastatingly accurate portrait of New York's aristocracy, it is the story of the beautiful and beguiling Lily Bart and her ill-fated attempt to rise to the heights of a heartless society in which, ultimately, she has no part.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! The upper stratum of New York society into which Edith Wharton was born in 1862 provided her with an abundance of material as a novelist but did not encourage her growth as an artist. Educated by tutors and governesses, she was raised for only one career: marriage. But her marriage, in 1885, to Edward Wharton was an emotional disappointment, if not a disaster. She suffered the first of a series of nervous breakdowns in 1894. In spite of the strain of her marriage, or perhaps because of it, she began to write fiction and published her first story in 1889.
Her first published book was a guide to interior decorating, but this was followed by several novels and story collections. They were written while the Whartons lived in Newport and New York, traveled in Europe, and built their grand home, The Mount, in Lenox, Massachusetts. In Europe, she met Henry James, who became her good friend, traveling companion, and the sternest but most careful critic of her fiction. The House of Mirth (1905) was both a resounding critical success and a bestseller, as was Ethan Frome (1911). In 1913 the Whartons were divorced, and Edith took up permanent residence in France. Her subject, however, remained America, especially the moneyed New York of her youth. Her great satiric novel, The Custom of the Country was published in 1913 and The Age of Innocence won her the Pulitzer Prize in 1921.
In her later years, she enjoyed the admiration of a new generation of writers, including Sinclair Lewis and F. Scott Fitzgerald. In all, she wrote some thirty books, including an autobiography. A Backwards Glance (1934). She died at her villa near Paris in 1937.

Edith Wharton was born in 1862 and died in 1937.

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Very Moving  Mar 8, 2010
I cannot comment on this particular edition, but felt compelled to review the novel anyway, in the hope that others will read it.

I didn't think I would feel sympathy for Lily, but I don't think I've ever wanted to help a character in any novel as much as I wanted to save Lily. I didn't exactly fall in love with her; frankly she is not my cup of tea. But I desperately wanted to see her happy.

For days I was affected by the end. I was very, very moved.

That said, I do not accept Edith Wharton's sense of determinism; nor do I accept the basic plot, with its scarcity of men. Lily is the most beautiful woman in New York and there are only two or three obnoxious men she can choose from? I found that hard to swallow. I also found it difficult to accept that (even for an unaccomplished woman) it was either a life of frivolity with the rich set, or a life of impoverished loneliness. Even in 1905 there were more alternatives. Lily, for example, could have learned her lesson that the rich were leading shallow lives, and still have found happiness on a lower social scale with a hard working doctor, or a military officer, etc. She also could have left New York and struck out West.

I love the writing of Edith Wharton. And I've read most of her works. But I don't buy the determinism; and I think it was a little strained in this novel.

But Lily is unforgettable.
Protagonist, Blame Thyself  Mar 7, 2010
High American society, New York, turn of the 19th century: Lily Bart, an associate of the well-heeled who often attends their social functions, has no fortune of her own. What to do? Marry into money. This should be easy enough for Lily as she's found to be beautiful by many of the men who orbit about her, but she seems to have no interest in them. She longs for the trappings of aristocratic life but is unwilling to accept the sacrifices attendant to marrying simply for position. Letting one too many opportunities slip by, and being embroiled in a couple of social faux pases along the way, she eventually finds that she's been dumped by polite society, facing penury in a boarding house.

House of Mirth is of course beautifully written, though the plot moves quite slowly with few truly dramatic punctuations. Lily is a largely unsympathetic character whose motives are not easy to understand and whose actions are often frustrating. Indeed, many of the misfortunes that befall her seem to be of her own making.

Great Book!  Feb 26, 2010
I received the book on time and it was exactly what I ordered! It is a good novel to read and I highly recommend it!
sad portrayal  Jan 4, 2010
It took me all of my adult life to get around to reading this book, and I am glad I finally did, even though it was a terribly depressing story. Wharton's stunning, if dramatic, portrayal of Lily Bart's downfall was well-written and authentic. It was a critical social commentary on the lives and morals of the wealthy of that they lived and schemed, their manipulations and gossiping, and how they can bring someone down.

Lily is 29, unmarried, with no money, dependent on others to provide her with a roof over her head. I think Wharton makes the reader feel Lily's increasing panic as her life get worse and worse, as her efforts to keep her head above water get more and more difficult.
Momentarily obscuring objectivity for romance  Dec 16, 2009
In favor of reading this novel and in support of The House of Mirth's power to translate emotion and feeling from the world it represents to an empathetic reader, I admit, that, for the first time ever while reading a book, I cried.

This edition is also particularly nice. The print is a good size and the weight of the book is not cumbersome despite its hard cover. More Everyman editions will be added to my library, for sure.

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