Three Novels of New York

The House of Mirth, The Custom of the Country, The Age of Innocence(Classics Deluxe Edition)

By Edith Wharton; Jonathan Franzen (Introduction by); Richard Gray (Illustrator)
(Penguin Classics, Paperback, 9780143106555, 784pp.)

Publication Date: February 29, 2012

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For the 150th anniversary of Edith Wharton's birth: her three greatest novels in a couture-inspired deluxe edition featuring a new introduction by Jonathan Franzen.

Born into a distinguished New York family, Edith Wharton chronicled the lives of the wealthy, the well born, and the nouveau riches in fiction that often hinges on the collision of personal passion and social convention. This volume brings together her best-loved novels, all set in New York.

The House of Mirth is the story of Lily Bart, who needs a rich husband but refuses to marry without both love and money. The Custom of the Country follows the marriages and affairs of Undine Spragg, who is as vain, spoiled, and selfish as she is irresistibly fascinating. The Pulitzer Prize-winning The Age of Innocence concerns the passionate bond that develops between the newly engaged Newland Archer and his finacée's cousin, the Countess Olenska, new to New York and newly divorced.

About the Author

Edith Wharton (1862-1937) is the first woman to win the Pultizer Prize. She wrote more than forty books, among them Ethan Frome and Summer.
Jonathan Franzen is the author of the novels Freedom and The Corrections, which won the National Book Award.
Richard Gray is a fashion illustrator who has worked with Alexander McQueen, De Beers, and Givenchey.

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