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The Custom of the Country (Oxford World's Classics)

 
 
 
 
The Custom of the Country (Oxford World's Classics)
Author: Edith Wharton
ISBN 13: 9780199555123
ISBN 10: 199555125
Edition: Reissue
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2009-01-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 416
List Price: $12.95
 
 

Wharton's glittering satire of the newly affluent in Old New York

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. BACKCOVER: “As long as men and women seek to use each other—and to use each other badly—Edith Wharton can be counted upon to provide the ideal commentary.”
—Anita Brookner

Elizabeth Hardwick

Edith Wharton's finest achievement.