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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My Dear Friend Lily BartUser Review - Overstock.com
"...but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth." And so, this book is filled with fools of society. They are painted as vain, materialistic, selfish, driven superficially by the society they live in. Lily Bart, our heroine, lives in this society almost unwillingly. She knows her role in society and though she sets out to fulfill it, she knows she doesn't want it. With every attempt to fulfill that role, she comes to realizations and grows more averse to it. At the same time, she refuses roles she believes would be good for her, because it wasn't what society had wanted. Lily Bart is not a character who embodies perfection, but that is what makes her so perfectly human and allows us to be so attuned to her. I felt her sorrows. I saw her difficulties and struggles. I wanted her to be happy. But life can be hard and so cruel and my friend Lily Bart's story ended tragically. I felt her loss keenly. I felt empty with her gone and her life played back in my memories. ...
Review: The House of MirthUser Review - Jennifer (aka EM) - Goodreads
This will end up being a review of The House of Mirth, sort of. “Wasn't she too beautiful, Lawrence? Don't you like her best in that simple dress? It makes her look like the real Lily – the Lily I ... Read full review