The Custom of the Country

The Custom of the Country


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Ebook
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$11.99
 
Additional Formats
  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781440649387
  • 368 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • 18 and up

Overview

Highly acclaimed at its publication in 1913, The Custom of the Country is a cutting commentary on America’s nouveaux riches, their upward-yearning aspirations and their eventual downfalls. Through her heroine, the beautiful and ruthless Undine Spragg, a spoiled heiress who looks to her next materialistic triumph as her latest conquest throws himself at her feet, Edith Wharton presents a startling, satiric vision of social behavior in all its greedy glory. As Undine moves from America’s heartland to Manhattan, and then to Paris, Wharton’s critical eye leaves no social class unscathed.

Praise

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