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The House of Mirth tells the story of Lily Bart, aged 29, beautiful, impoverished and in need of a rich husband to safeguard her place in the social elite, and to support her expensive habits - her clothes, her charities and her gambling. Unwilling to marry without both love and money, Lily becomes vulnerable to the kind of gossip and slander which attach to a girl who has been on the marriage market for too long.
Wharton charts the course of Lily's Read More. Wharton charts the course of Lily's life, providing, along the way, a wider picture of a society in transition, a rapidly changing New York where the old certainties of manners, morals and family have disappeared and the individual has become an expendable commodity.
The House of Mirth was published in October to widespread critical acclaim. It became an instant bestseller and is regarded today as one of Edith Wharton's most accomplished and compelling social satires. Read Less. Trade paperback, Good. Choose your shipping method in Checkout. Costs may vary based on destination.
Mass-market paperback, Good. The story chronicles her desperate search for a husband as society gradually rejects her.
Edith Wharton writes a very revealing, critical study of high-class society in the Gilded Age that is fascinating in part because it is at once unfamiliar and very similar to modern-day society. Her characters are well-crafted, she writes very well, and the subject matter is very interesting, if not at some points a bit dry and superficial.
According to Aristotle, tragedy is about making "fatal choices," and it is Wharton's exploitation of this idea that makes the book falter. Lily Bart makes so many fatal choices it's hard not to choke on them.
It seems like every page, she makes a choice that is obviously to the reader a bad idea. No woman can possibly be this daft so often.
Her character is only falling from grace because Wharton so desperately wants her to. See All Customer Reviews. All rights reserved. Alibris, the Alibris logo, and Alibris.
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She is afraid, and we can all relate to that. During his Amherst College days Fitch often appeared in drag. Lily Bart is a "cog in the great machine called life," useless once her part in it is played out. End of Ever After. Bekijk je persoonlijke aanbevelingen. Melissa Albert.
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Music Musical Mystery Romance Sci-fi. The tragic love story reveals the destructive effects of wealth and social hypocrisy on Lily Bart, a ravishing beauty. Impoverished but well-born, Lily realizes a secure future depends on her acquiring a wealthy husband. Her downfall begins with a romantic indiscretion, intensifies with an accumulation of gambling debts, and climaxes in a maelstrom of social disasters.
More a tale of social exclusion than of failed love, The House of Mirth reveals Wharton's compelling gifts as a storyteller and her clear-eyed observations of the savagery beneath the well-bred surface of high society. As with The Age of Innocence and Ethan Frome , this novel was also made into a successful motion picture.