The House of Mirth -

The House of Mirth

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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 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 1905 to widespread critical acclaim. It became an instant best-seller and is regarded today as one of Edith Wharton's most accomplished and compelling social satires.

Product code: 9781840224191

ISBN 9781840224191
Publisher Wordsworth Editions Ltd
No. Of Pages 320
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H198xW129xS17
Series Wordsworth Classics
Edition New edition
The heroine of this novel is Lily Bart, whose goal is to secure a rich husband who can sustain her lifestyle. She operates in a world where social position is important, but money can buy it. Lily is redeemed by her clear view of the corrupt society which is her gilded cage.