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Edith Wharton: The House of Mirth,The Custom of the Country, The Age of Innocence

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In this Readers' Guide, Stuart Hutchinson analyzes the most significant writings on The House of Mirth (1905), The Custom of the Country (1913) and The Age of Innocence (1920). Beginning with Wharton's own comments on the novels, he moves on to the contemporary responses of Henry James and challenging reviews such as Katherine Mansfield's, before turning to stimulating cri
Paperback, 160 pages
Published December 1st 2002 by Palgrave Macmillan
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"The flower of life.
When you lose your flower of life, you'll live but not really live."

I haven't read The Custom of the Country, but I have read the other two, The House of Mirth and The Age of Innocence. In those two novels, Wharton portrays the American upper middle society in late 19th century, the old and new rich people, how the value of morals and norms set in that society actually bring pretense and unhappiness. It's an American tragedy.

The Age of Innocence was made into a movie where W
Well, this book was incredibly S L O W for my taste and also incredibly shallow, really. Can't give away the ending, but the plot... hmmm... not so much. Basically the story of Lily Bart who wants to marry, and marry money only. That's her only goal in NY society is money. And as you can guess, it doesn't bring her happiness. I can say I've read another of the classics. Time to move on.
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