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The House of Mirth (Digital Audiobook)

By Edith Wharton, Anna Fields (Narrator)

Publication Date: December 31, 2005

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (2/23/2008)
Paperback (11/18/2016)
Paperback (2/1/2021)
Paperback (4/15/2017)
Paperback (3/6/2014)
Paperback (1/5/2016)
Paperback (8/6/2019)
Paperback (6/17/2020)
Paperback (4/28/2020)
Paperback (7/9/2017)
Paperback (8/14/2020)
Paperback (3/24/2017)

Description

Set among the elegant brownstones and opulent country houses of turn-of-the-century upper-class New York, Edith Wharton’s first great novel is a precise, satiric portrayal of what the author herself called “a society of irresponsible pleasure-seekers.” Her brilliantly complex characterization of the doomed Lily Bart, whose stunning beauty and dependence on marriage for economic survival reduce her to a decorative object, is an incisive commentary on the status of women in that society. Lily is all too much a product of the world indicated by the title, a phrase taken from Ecclesiastes: “The heart of fools is in the house of mirth.” From her tragic attraction to bachelor lawyer Lawrence Seldon to her desperate relationship with the social-climbing Rosedale, it is Lily’s very specialness that threatens the fulfillment she seeks in life.

Time after time, Lily fails to make the ultimate move, to abandon the possibility of a greater love and enter into a mercenary union. This masterful novel from one of literature’s greatest voices is a tragedy of money, morality, and missed opportunity.