The House of Mirth



The House of Mirth First Published In 1905, THE HOUSE OF MIRTH Shocked The New York Society It So Deftly Chronicles, Portraying The Moral, Social And Economic Restraints On A Woman Who Dared To Claim The Privileges Of Marriage Without Assuming The Responsibilities.Lily Bart, Beautiful, Witty And Sophisticated, Is Accepted By Old Money And Courted By The Growing Tribe Of Nouveaux Riches But As She Nears Thirty, Her Foothold Becomes Precarious A Poor Girl With Expensive Tastes, She Needs A Husband To Preserve Her Social Standing And To Maintain Her In The Luxury She Has Come To Expect Whilst Many Have Sought Her, Something Fastidiousness Or Integrity Prevents Her From Making A Suitable Match.

Edith Newbold Jones was born into such wealth and privilege that her family inspired the phrase keeping up with the Joneses The youngest of three children, Edith spent her early years touring Europe with her parents and, upon the family s return to the United States, enjoyed a privileged childhood in New York and Newport, Rhode Island Edith s creativity and talent soon became obvious By the a Edith Newbold Jones was born into such wealth and privilege that her family inspired the phrase keeping up with the Joneses The youngest of three children, Edith spent her early years touring Europe with her parents and, upon the family s return to the United States, enjoyed a privileged childhood in New York and Newport, Rhode Island Edith s creativity and talent soon became obvious By the age of eighteen she had written a novella, as well as witty reviews of it and published poetry in the Atlantic Monthly.After a failed engagement, Edith married a wealthy sportsman, Edward Wharton Despite similar backgrounds and a shared taste for travel, the marriage was not a success Many of Wharton s novels chronicle unhappy marriages, in which the demands of love and vocation often conflict with the expectations of society Wharton s first major novel, The House of Mirth, published in 1905, enjoyed considerable literary success Ethan Frome appeared six years later, solidifying Wharton s reputation as an important novelist Often in the company of her close friend, Henry James, Wharton mingled with some of the most famous writers and artists of the day, including F Scott Fitzgerald, Andr Gide, Sinclair Lewis, Jean Cocteau, and Jack London.In 1913 Edith divorced Edward She lived mostly in France for the remainder of her life When World War I broke out, she organized hostels for refugees, worked as a fund raiser, and wrote for American publications from battlefield frontlines She was awarded the French Legion of Honor for her courage and distinguished work The Age of Innocence, a novel about New York in the 1870s, earned Wharton the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1921 the first time the award had been bestowed upon a woman Wharton traveled throughout Europe to encourage young authors She also continued to write, lying in her bed every morning, as she had always done, dropping each newly penned page on the floor to be collected and arranged when she was finished Wharton suffered a stroke and died on August 11, 1937 She is buried in the American Cemetery in Versailles, FranceBarnesandnoble.com

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  • Paperback
  • 351 pages
  • The House of Mirth
  • Edith Wharton
  • English
  • 26 February 2019
  • 1844082938

10 thoughts on “The House of Mirth

  1. Samadrita says:

    On occasions like this, I rue the absence of atragedyshelf or some variation of the same because meremelancholiaseems too modest, too equivocal a word to convey the kind of heartbreak Lily Bart s story inflicted on me.It is, perhaps, apposite that I came to this with my mind still fresh from Anita Desai s stirring homage to a resolutely single, unsung fictional heroine who holds together a disinte...

  2. Jason says:

    Lily Bart, the protagonist of Edith Wharton s stunning first novel, is introduced to the reader as a young woman traveling within high society While her blood and wealth may place her on the fringe of that society, her pale beauty as it is continuously characterized throughout the novel elevates her within its ranks Lily is marriage material And within Manhattan s high society at the turn of the century, women are meant to marry and in order to marry women are meant to maintain a reputat Lily Bart, the protagonist of Edith Wharton s stunning first novel, is introduced to the reader as a young woman traveling within high society While her blood and wealth may place her on the fringe of that society, her pale beauty as it is continuously characterized throughout the novel elevates her within its ranks Lily is marriage material And within Manhattan s high society at the turn of the century, women are meant to marry and in order to marry women are meant to maintain a reputation of pale innocence indeed, they must.Lily hesitates to question these two fundamental rules that bind her, save on rare occasion in conversation with Lawrence Selden, the man it seems she would marry if the choice were hers, and who stands far enough outside Lily s circle to cri...

  3. Glenn Sumi says:

    Poor, lovely Lily BartHer tragic storywill break your heartShe runs in the best circles Wears the right clothesAnd flirts with rich menBut everyone knowsThat she needs to marrySomeone and fast At 29 her looks won t lastShe s ringing up debtsBorrowing from menAnd displeasing their wivesNot to mention her friend Lawrence Selden, a lawyer but not very rich It s Gilded Age New York And life s a bitch If you re not old money Like the Trenors, DorsetsAnd that odd Percy GryceThe most you can do is p Poor, lovely Lily BartHer tragic storywill break your heartShe runs in the best circles Wears the right clothesAnd flirts with rich menBut everyone knowsThat she needs to marrySomeone and fast At 29 her looks won t lastShe s ringing up debtsBorrowing from menAnd displeasing their wivesNot to mention her friend Lawrence Selden, a lawyer but not very rich It s Gilded Age New York And life s a bitch If you re not old money Like the Trenors, DorsetsAnd that odd Percy GryceThe most you can do is play...

  4. Dolors says:

    Edith Wharton sets the New York social stage of the early twentieth century for a succession of short scenes that glitter with glossy superficiality Lightning, backdrops and lush costumes are put on display to create a natural effect in this tableaux vivant of a novel, where Lily Bart stands out as the most stunning living painting ever She is the leading actress of this theatrical narrative, a delicate flower bred for exhibition and ornament whose beauty shines with the precise effortless gra Edith Wharton sets the New York social stage of the early twentiet...

  5. Sidharth Vardhan says:

    Her whole being dilated in an atmosphere of luxury It was the background she required, the only climate she could breathe inVeblen in his Theory of Leisure Class written six years before this book argues that one of the way leisure class show their wealth is by maintaining people who will sit idly for them The chief example is of wives, where richest men do not want their wives to be doing paid jobs do and own charities yes, art ...

  6. Joe Valdez says:

    Reading Edith Wharton s second novel The House of Mirth was like being kidnapped by Barbary pirates and held for ransom for ten fortnights not a comfort, but an adventure Published in 1905, this tale of Miss Lily Bart a young woman held prisoner by New York high society for her grace and beauty until her dependence on wealthy patrons makes her vulnerable to their whims carried me off against my will and held me with jeweled prose, breathless detail to character and droll wit Wharton s m Reading Edith Wharton s second novel The House of Mirth was like being kidnapped by Barbary pirates and held for ransom for ten fortnights not a comfort, but an adventure Published in 1905, this tale of Miss Lily Bart a young woman held prisoner by New York high society for her grace and beauty until her dependence on wealthy patrons makes her vulnerable to their whims carried me off against my will and held me with jeweled prose, breathless detail to character and droll wit Wharton s milieu was alien to me and her writing often so intri...

  7. Duane says:

    I have read almost all of Edith Wharton s writing I have the highest regard for her work She was overshadowed by Fitzgerald and Hemingway in her day but even so she won the Pulitzer prize in 1921 for her novel The Age of Innocence The House of Mirth was one of her early novels and my favorite, although I like all of her novels.Lily Bart, the protagonist in The House of Mirth, is such a captivating and tragic figure that she has stayed in my mind for years Of course, creating great characters I have read almost all of Edith Wharton s writing I have the highest regard for her work She was overshadowed by Fitzgerald and Hemingway in her day but even so she won the Pulitzer p...

  8. Fabian says:

    The House of Mirth just might be to The Age of Innocence what Tom Sawyer is to Huck Finn that is, only but a stepping stone towards aprofound greatness although why I used that Twain analogy is a mystery even to me I find that brand of American Lit a wee bit overrated Age of Innocence is stupendous utterly amazing On the other hand, The House of Mirth describes the downward spiral of one, Miss Lily Bart, misunderstood by her social set, her particular New York niche Her The House of Mirth just might be to The Age of Innocence what Tom Sawyer is to Huck Finn that is, only but a stepping stone towards aprofound greatness although why I used that Twain analogy is a mystery even to me I find that brand of American Lit a wee bit overrated Age of Innocence is stupendous utterly amazing On the other hand, The House of Mirth describes the downward spiral of one, Miss Lily Bart, misunderstood by her social set, her particular New York niche Her story is a tragedy as deep as Jude the Obscure s her plight is both melancholic devastating New York has always been a perfect place in which to achieve some sort of victimhood Another attribute the story is severe...

  9. Henry Avila says:

    Lily Bart, born poor but from a blue blood family, grew up privileged, well her mother pretended they had wealth, always telling her hard working husband, she will not live like a pig He succumbs to an early grave, broke, at the turn of the century 20th , that is, the mother spends money, they haven t got, going to Europe, buying expensive clothes, jewelry, furniture, all for the sake of appearances, their friends, in High Society are very well to do Since childhood, Lily is told one thing Lily Bart, born poor but from a blue blood family, grew up privileged, well her mother pretended they had wealth, always telling her hard working husband, she will not live like a pig He succumbs to an early grave, broke, at the turn of the century 20th , that is, the mother spends money, they haven t got, going to Europe, buying expensive clothes, jewelry, furniture, all for the sake of appearances, their friends, in High Society are very well to do Since childhood, Lily is told one thing, never trained for anything else, her o...

  10. kohey says:

    I know many authors who can write beautiful scenes beautifully,but there are few who can also write sad scenes as beautifully as Wharton.Yes,she is a real pro at love tragedies.When reading,sometimes I cynically wonder if each description and character gangs together to dig nasty holes here and there,even though the heroine tries every possible effort to get herself out of them.The story line is simple and easily predictable,which leaves it to your imagination why each character thinks and acts I know many authors who can write beautiful scenes be...

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