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The Custom of the Country

Edith Wharton Anita Brookner

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Penguin Classics
01 April 2007
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945); Penguin Black Classics; Literature, Poetry & Criticism
Edith Wharton's novels of manners seem to grow in stature as time passes. Here she draws a beautiful social climber, Undine Sprague, who is a monster of selfishness and honestly doesn't know it. Although the worlds she wants to conquer have vanished, Undine herself is amazingly recognizable. She marries well above herself twice and both times fails to recognize her husbands' strengths of character or the weakness of her own, and it is they, not she, who pay the price.
By:   Edith Wharton
Introduction by:   Anita Brookner
Imprint:   Penguin Classics
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 143mm,  Spine: 19mm
Weight:   282g
ISBN:   9780143039709
ISBN 10:   0143039709
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   01 April 2007
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Edith Wharton (January 24, 1862 - August 11, 1937) was an American novelist. Her best known work, The Age of Innocence, won her a Pulitzer Prize and was written in 1920.

Reviews for The Custom of the Country

Edith Wharton's finest achievement. --Elizabeth Hardwick


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