The Custom of the Country

The Custom of the Country

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 127 x 195.58 x 22.86mm | 294.83g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0143039709
  • 9780143039709
  • 319,626

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"Edith Wharton's finest achievement."--Elizabeth Hardwick "Edith Wharton's finest achievement."--Elizabeth Hardwick
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About Edith Wharton

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.
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