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The Custom of the Country (Modern Library Classics)

The Custom of the Country (Modern Library Classics)
Author: Edith Wharton
ISBN 13: 9780375758072
ISBN 10: 375758070
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Modern Library
Publication Date: 2001-10-09
Format: Paperback
Pages: 400
List Price: $13.00

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.