The House of Mirth – (Penguin Great Description:

The House of With an introduction by Elizabeth Hardwick Contemporary Reviews and Letters Between Edith Wharton and Her Publisher A frivolous society can acquire dramatic significance only through what its frivolity destroys.–Edith Wharton Lily Bart knows that she must marry–her expensive tastes and mounting debts demand it–and at twenty-nine she has every artful wile at her disposal to secure that end. But attached as she is to the social world of her wealthy suitors something in her rebels against the insipid men whom circumstances compel her to charm. Why must a girl pay so dearly for her least escape Lily muses as she contemplates the prospect of being bored all afternoon by Percy Grice dull but undeniably rich on the bare chance that he might ulti- mately do her the honor of boring her for life? Lily is distracted from her prey by the arrival of Lawrence Selden handsome quick-witted and penniless. A runaway bestseller on publication in 1905 The House of Mirth is a brilliant romantic novel of manners the book that established Edith Wharton as one of Americas greatest novelists. A tragedy of our modern life in which the relentlessness of what men used to call Fate and esteem in their ignorance a power beyond their control is as vividly set forth as ever it was by Aeschylus or Shakespeare. –The New York Times Edith Wharton (1862-1937) was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1920 for The Age of Innocence. But it was the publication of The House of Mirth in 1905 that marked Whartons coming-of-age as a writer. The House of Mirth – (Penguin Great