The Custom of the Country

Author: Edith Wharton
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191606316
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Edith Wharton's satiric anatomy of American society in the first decade of the twentieth century appeared in 1913; it both appalled and fascinated its first reviewers, and established her as a major novelist. The Saturday Review wrote that she had 'assembled as many detestable people as it is possible to pack between the covers of a six-hundred page novel', but concluded that the book was 'brilliantly written', and 'should be read as a parable'. It follows the career of Undine Spragg, recently arrived in New York from the midwest and determined to conquer high society. Glamorous, selfish, mercenary and manipulative, her principal assets are her striking beauty, her tenacity, and her father's money. With her sights set on an advantageous marriage, Undine pursues her schemes in a world of shifting values, where triumph is swiftly followed by dissullusion. Wharton was recreating an environment she knew intimately, and Undine's education for social success is chronicled in meticulous detail. The novel superbly captures the world of post-Civil War America, as ruthless in its social ambitions as in its business and politics. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

The Custom of the Country

Author: Edith Wharton
Publisher: Xist Publishing
ISBN: 1623958857
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The Custom of the Country tells the story of midwestern family's rise to riches and their daughter's attempts to survive New York City high society. The story tells of her scramble from one marriage to another in an attempt to "have it all" and find love at the same time. This Xist Classics edition has been professionally formatted for e-readers with a linked table of contents. This eBook also contains a bonus book club leadership guide and discussion questions. We hope you’ll share this book with your friends, neighbors and colleagues and can’t wait to hear what you have to say about it. Xist Publishing is a digital-first publisher. Xist Publishing creates books for the touchscreen generation and is dedicated to helping everyone develop a lifetime love of reading, no matter what form it takes

Edith Wharton s The Custom of the Country

Author: Laura Rattray
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317316487
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Bringing together leading Wharton scholars from Europe, and North America, this volume offers the first ever collection of essays on Edith Wharton's 1913 tour de force, The Custom of the Country.

The Costum of the Country

Author: Edith Wharton
Publisher:
ISBN: 6050385580
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The Custom of the Country is a 1913 novel by Edith Wharton. It tells the story of Undine Spragg, a Midwestern girl who attempts to ascend in New York City society

The Decoration of Houses

Author: Edith Wharton
Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.
ISBN: 1605204412
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Written in collaboration with celebrated American architect Codman, Wharton's first book is a comprehensive look at the history and character of turn-of-the-century interior design, moving from historical traditions to the distinctive styles of contemporary taste.

The New York Stories of Edith Wharton

Author: Edith Wharton
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 1590174364
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A New York Review Books Original Edith Wharton wrote about New York as only a native can. Her Manhattan is a city of well-appointed drawing rooms, hansoms and broughams, all-night cotillions, and resplendent Fifth Avenue flats. Bishops’ nieces mingle with bachelor industrialists; respectable wives turn into excellent mistresses. All are governed by a code of behavior as rigid as it is precarious. What fascinates Wharton are the points of weakness in the structure of Old New York: the artists and writers at its fringes, the free-love advocates testing its limits, widows and divorcées struggling to hold their own. The New York Stories of Edith Wharton gathers twenty stories of the city, written over the course of Wharton’s career. From her first published story, “Mrs. Manstey’s View,” to one of her last and most celebrated, “Roman Fever,” this new collection charts the growth of an American master and enriches our understanding of the central themes of her work, among them the meaning of marriage, the struggle for artistic integrity, the bonds between parent and child, and the plight of the aged. Illuminated by Roxana Robinson’s Introduction, these stories showcase Wharton’s astonishing insight into the turbulent inner lives of the men and women caught up in a rapidly changing society.

Summer

Author: Edith Wharton
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 1443425397
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Bored with her life in a small town, eighteen-year-old Charity Royall enters into a relationship with an older man, only to find herself pregnant and abandoned when he reunites with his fiancée and leaves town. One of two Edith Wharton novels set in New England, Summer examines the sexual awakening of Charity, her evolving relationship with her guardian, and the choices that will define her adulthood. HarperPerennial Classics brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperPerennial Classics collection to build your digital library.

A Rose a Ghost in Edith Wharton

Author: Thomas Dutoit
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Disentangling threads such as fire, flowers, mothering, innocence vs. sexuality, wave patterns, and murder, the present essay brings to light the highly programmatic behaviour of Undine Spragg, but also shows the governing hand of Elmer Moffatt as figure of the novelist. Adapting the myth of eternal spring in the Proserpine story to altered concepts of time, life and death in the technological era of the early twentieth century, Wharton captures the experience of her characters by emphasizing the relation between technology (radio, telephone, gramophone, cinema, trains, planes, motors) and language (as process of the conscious and unconscious mind, and as linguistic and sociolinguistic system). Yet in fact such technological tools and language models are also her metaphors for the experience of reading language in the book. While providing a mythological "key" to how Undine Spragg's husbands are both figures of Pluto and the three brothers Jove (Marvell), Neptune (de Chelles) and Pluto (Moffatt), this study is primarily concerned with the imagery and figures specific to The Custom of the Country, in order to focus on the planetary "disaster" of the "meteor" Elmer Moffatt. Demonstrating the systematic function of apparently fortuitous descriptive and narrative details, this close reading will appeal to students of The Custom of the Country interested in seizing its specificity as literary text and its generality as depiction of society.