The House of Mirth (Paperback)
Dover Publications, 9780486420493, 272pp.
Publication Date: August 6, 2002
Wharton's first literary success, set amid fashionable New York society, reveals the hypocrisy and destructive effects of the city's social circle on the character of Lily Bart. Impoverished but well-born, Lily must secure her future by acquiring a wealthy husband; but her downfall -- initiated by a romantic indiscretion -- results in gambling debts and social disasters.