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The Resource The custom of the country, Edith Wharton ; edited with an introduction and notes by Linda Wagner-Martin

The custom of the country, Edith Wharton ; edited with an introduction and notes by Linda Wagner-Martin

Label
The custom of the country
Title
The custom of the country
Statement of responsibility
Edith Wharton ; edited with an introduction and notes by Linda Wagner-Martin
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Edith Wharton's satiric anatomy of American society in the first decade of the twentieth century appeared in 1913; it both appalled and fascinated its first reviewers, and established her as a major novelist. The Saturday Review wrote that she had 'assembled as many detestable people as it is possible to pack between the covers of a six-hundred page novel', but concluded that the book was 'brilliantly written', and 'should be read as a parable'. It follows the career of Undine Spragg, recently arrived in New York from the Midwest and determined to conquer high society. Glamorous, selfish, mercenary, and manipulative, her principal assets are her striking beauty, her tenacity, and her father's money. With her sights set on an advantageous marriage, Undine pursues her schemes in a world of shifting values, where triumph is swiftly followed by disillusion. Wharton was re-creating an environment she knew intimately, and Undine's education for social success is chronicled in meticulous detail. The novel superbly captures the world of post-Civil War America, as ruthless in its social ambitions as in its business and politics
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1862-1937
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Wharton, Edith
Dewey number
813/.52
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3545.H16
LC item number
C8 2006
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Wagner-Martin, Linda
Series statement
Penguin classics
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Americans
  • Remarried people
  • Divorced women
  • Upper class
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • Paris (France)
Label
The custom of the country, Edith Wharton ; edited with an introduction and notes by Linda Wagner-Martin
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [xix]-xx)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
xx, 370 pages
Isbn
9780143039709
Lccn
2005055542
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • ocm62430934
  • (OCoLC)62430934
Label
The custom of the country, Edith Wharton ; edited with an introduction and notes by Linda Wagner-Martin
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [xix]-xx)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
xx, 370 pages
Isbn
9780143039709
Lccn
2005055542
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • ocm62430934
  • (OCoLC)62430934

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