The House of Mirth: 100th Anniversary Edition (Google eBook)
A literary sensation when it was published by Scribners in 1905, The House of Mirth quickly established Edith Wharton as the most important American woman of letters in the twentieth century. The first American novel to provide a devastatingly accurate portrait of New York's aristocracy, it is the story of the beautiful and beguiling Lily Bart and her ill-fated attempt to rise to the heights of a heartless society in which, ultimately, she has no part.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - JVioland - LibraryThing
How the choice to disregard a loving admirer who fails to have fortune, turns the protagonist eventually into the thing she had rejected. Profound. Excellent writing. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - debnance - LibraryThing
No mirth in this sad story of the decline of a beautiful woman in 1890's New York. No grins at all. Not one smile. Edith Wharton, I surmise, would have easily made the cut as an Oprah selection. Lily ... Read full review