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House Of Mirth
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Lily Bart is one of society's most eligible women, at the height of her powers, when the novel opens. Though she has little money, she has family connections, good breeding and the hope of coming into an inheritance. Beautiful and very charming, Lily has been brought up to be an ornament, as were most women of her class at that time. She is a gilded bird with a noble heart, but clearly she is not aware of the restrictions of her cage. Part of Lily's tragedy is that she does have character, spirit, and a conscience. However, she does not know how to align these attributes, with her ornamental avocation, and her ambitions to marry a wealthy man of good birth.
As expected, Lily is popular with both bachelors and married men. Most of the bachelors propose marriage at on time or another. The only man she has real affection for is her dear friend, Lawrence Seldon, a barrister, whose lack of income makes him entirely unsuitable as a husband. Lily had developed a gambling habit to support her lifestyle, and supplement her allowance. An unfortunate losing streak has put her into debt. In her naivete, she forms an unsavory business alliance with a married man. Later, she is unjustly accused of having an affair with him and their business arrangement also come to light.
Her family cuts her off without a penny.Read more ›
Lily Bart, a beautiful young woman of good family whose father lost everything when she was only nineteen, is left dependent on wealthy relatives in this society until she can charm a financially secure suitor into marriage. At age twenty-nine, she is no longer a debutante, and the pressure is mounting for her to marry, though she lacks the unlimited financial resources of social rivals. Still, her wit and charm make her a delightful companion, and she is never at a loss for suitors. Intelligent enough to want a real marriage and not just a merger between families, she has resisted making a commitment to date, though the clock is ticking.
As Lily tries to negotiate a good marriage and future for herself, she is aware that the competition is fierce. Women "friends" pounce on the latest gossip and spread rumors to discredit rivals, and Lily's reputation is tainted with hints of impropriety. Her opportunities for a good marriage begin to dwindle, and when her aunt, Mrs.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful language, wonderful characters, sad, sad ending, and a very clear window into a particular time and place.Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
Not my favorite Wharton novel, but her writing is flawless. She takes New York society from the turn of the last century and turns it on its ear.Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is beautifully written and portrayed the life of women in days of Edith Wharton. I just had a really difficult time staying with the story. Just not enjoyable reading to me,Published 17 days ago by E. Arment
House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton, was a fantastic read. From the moment I read the first sentence to the very last page, I was captivated by Lily Bart' s life. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Marla Johnson
Good engaging story which captured the plight of women during the timeframe. Very enjoyablePublished 28 days ago by leslie m gray
Beautiful language but slow reading because of that. Hardly any dialogue. Mostly narrative. Loved the character of Lily.Published 1 month ago by Prosilio
Brilliantly written and extremely sad. I don't believe the heroine deserves the fate Ms Wharton assigned to her. Read morePublished 1 month ago by a-i
I enjoyed this more than Age of Innocence, the only other Wharton novel I've read so far.Published 1 month ago by gracie9797