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The Resource The House of Mirth

The House of Mirth

Label
The House of Mirth
Title
The House of Mirth
Statement of responsibility
Edith Wharton ; with an introduction by Anna Quindlen
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
An immensely popular bestseller upon its publication in 1905, The House of Mirth was Edith Wharton’s first great novel. Set among the elegant brownstones of New York City and opulent country houses like gracious Bellomont on the Hudson, the novel creates a satiric portrayal of what Wharton herself called “a society of irresponsible pleasure-seekers” with a precision comparable to that of Proust. And her brilliant and complex characterization of the doomed Lily Bart, whose stunning beauty and dependence on marriage for economic survival reduce her to a decorative object, becomes an incisive commentary on the nature and status of women in that society. From her tragic attraction to bachelor lawyer Lawrence Selden to her desperate relationship with social-climbing Rosedale, Lily is all too much a product of the world indicated by the title, a phrase taken from Ecclesiastes: “The heart of fools is in the house of mirth.” For it is Lily’s very specialness that threatens the elegance and fulfillment she seeks in life. Along with the author’s other masterpiece, The Age of Innocence, this novel claims a place among the finest American novels of manners
Summary
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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Character
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061937
Cataloging source
HCO
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1862-1937
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Edith Wharton
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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True
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Fiction / Classics
Target audience
adult
Label
The House of Mirth
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Publication
Control code
ODILO:034300003613
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781101640241
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
The House of Mirth
Publication
Control code
ODILO:034300003613
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781101640241
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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