The Custom of the Country

By Edith Wharton; Linda Wagner-Martin (Introduction by); Linda Wagner-Martin (Notes by)
(Penguin Classics, Paperback, 9780143039709, 368pp.)

Publication Date: May 30, 2006

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Considered by many to be her masterpiece, Edith Wharton's second full-length work is a scathing yet personal examination of the exploits and follies of the modern upper class. As she unfolds the story of Undine Spragg, from New York to Europe, Wharton affords us a detailed glimpse of what might be called the interior décor of this America and its nouveau riche fringes. Through a heroine who is as vain, spoiled, and selfish as she is irresistibly fascinating, and through a most intricate and satisfying plot that follows Undine's marriages and affairs, she conveys a vision of social behavior that is both supremely informed and supremely disenchanted.

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