Three Novels of New York: The House of Mirth/The Custom of the Country/The Age of Innocence (Paperback)

The House of Mirth/The Custom of the Country/The Age of Innocence

By Edith Wharton, Jonathan Franzen (Introduction by), Richard Gray (Illustrator)

Penguin Books, 9780143106555, 770pp.

Publication Date: February 29, 2012



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 finacee's cousin, the Countess Olenska, new to New York and newly divorced.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,800 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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.