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About the Author

Edith Wharton was born Edith Newbold Jones on January 24, 1862, during the American Civil War. Wharton published her first short story in 1891; her first story collection, The Greater Inclination, in 1899; a novella called The Touchstone in 1900; and her first novel, a historical romance called The Valley of Decision, in 1902. The book that made Wharton famous was The House of Mirth, published in 1905. She died in 1937.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Wharton Press (November 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1619493888
  • ISBN-13: 978-1619493889
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Caffeineandbooks on July 9, 2012
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Today I finished The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton. I read the last ten pages as slowly as humanly possible so as to make it l-a-s-t.

It was extremely difficult to say goodbye to the heroine, Lily Bart.

I had never read Edith Wharton before; a new experience.

So lovely were some of the passages that I admittedly took a pen to several pages, placing stars in the margin of pages that I plan to re-read. Her words are poetic, philosophical, and moving. Beyond beautiful. Beyond!

As an Austen addict (there are lots of us), I was looking for something similar to Jane. My aunt (a retired English Professor) recommended I read EW. I am indebted.

There are similarities: their use of dramatic irony; the ability to create characters that you love in spite of their shortcomings; plots that intensify due to human nature...but unlike Austen -- SPOILER ALERT -- The House of Mirth does not have a happy ending.

I've just ordered The Age of Innocence and Ethan Frome. A new addiction!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K the Knitter on May 3, 2012
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I didn't like this book, but I guess I didn't hate it - that's why it gets 3 stars.

Wharton's dialogue between people is hard to sift through. I had the feeling like I wasn't always understanding what people were saying to each other. It's frustrating to not have any of the relationships terribly fleshed out and then to feel like you're not even getting the exchanges between them half the time. Maybe it was the writing style of the time...but I feel like other comparable novels from the same time period were a little bit plainer in text and more easily decipherable in meaning.

The descriptions are nice, I will say that. But at times some of them seem very minute, and then other times like there are pieces missing in the situation that's happening before you. You will read all about nice details of a scene in Monte Carlo and then later on wonder how in the world Lily ended up in some place. I also feel like I read a fair amount about how important the clothes of characters were but the details of them weren't very elaborate. For someone who spent so much time with rich people, I didn't often get a very clear picture of what they looked like, and what their surroundings looked like, just their habits of entertainment. There were things here and there, but they weren't in abundance.

I get that this is a period novel, it's supposed to discuss how important social circles and missteps in them were, and the intricate games of balance and power that went on. But I can't help but feel this book was a bit drab. The subject matter doesn't have to be limiting, but I felt it was here. The plot wasn't terribly exciting though through Wharton's writing it did leave me scratching my head about what would come next at times.
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Penny Lagrette on May 25, 2012
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Despite its title, this must be one of the least funny books I've ever read. I only got to page 32, realised that it was seriously deficient in laughs, flicked to the end, and found that it ends in much the same vein. I hope that if Wharton ever decides to reissue this book, she'll consider changing the title.
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