The Custom of the Country

The Custom of the Country


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Format
Paperback
Price
$14.00
 
Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143039709
  • 400 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

Considered by many to be her masterpiece, Edith Wharton’s second full-length work is a scathing yet personal examination of the exploits and follies of the modern upper class. As she unfolds the story of Undine Spragg, from New York to Europe, Wharton affords us a detailed glimpse of what might be called the interior décor of this America and its nouveau riche fringes. Through a heroine who is as vain, spoiled, and selfish as she is irresistibly fascinating, and through a most intricate and satisfying plot that follows Undine’s marriages and affairs, she conveys a vision of social behavior that is both supremely informed and supremely disenchanted.
  • This new edition features a new introduction and explanatory notes and reset text

Praise

"Edith Wharton’s finest achievement."
–Elizabeth Hardwick
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