It tells the story of Lily Bart, a well-born but impoverished woman belonging to New York City's high society around the turn of the last century.
It tells the story of Lily Bart, a well-born but impoverished woman belonging to New York City's high society around the turn of the last century. Wharton creates a portrait of a stunning beauty who, though raised and educated to marry well both socially and economically, is reaching her 29th year, an age when her youthful blush is drawing to a close and her marital prospects are becoming ever more limited.
The House of Mirth book. First published in 1905, The House of Mirth shocked the New York society it so deftly chronicles, portraying the moral, social and economic restraints on a woman who dared to claim the privileges of marriage without assuming the responsibilities. Lily Bart, beautiful, witty and sophisticated, is accepted by 'old money' and courted by the growing tribe of nouveaux riches.
Her major works include The House of Mirth (1905), Ethan Frome (1911), The Custom of the Country (1913) and The Age of Innocence (1920), for which she received the Pulitzer Prize, the first awarded to a woman. House of Mirth is beautifully written and a fascinating view into a soon to be forgotten time in our social history.
In this devastatingly accurate and finely wrought tale, Lily Bart, the poor relation of a wealthy woman, is beautiful, intelligent, and hopelessly addicted to the moneyed world of luxury.
The book that made Wharton famous was The House of Mirth, published in 1905
The book that made Wharton famous was The House of Mirth, published in 1905. The novel she was working on before her death, The Buccaneers, was published posthumously in 1938.
The House of Mirth" was published in October 1905 to widespread critical acclaim. Серия: "Wordsworth Classics". The House of Mirth" tells the story of Lily Bart, aged 29, beautiful, impoverished and in need of a rich husband to safeguard her place in the social elite, and to support her expensive habits - her clothes, her charities and her gambling. Unwilling to marry without both love and money, Lily becomes vulnerable to the kind of gossip and slander which attach to a girl who has been on the marriage market for too long.
This is where Wharton wrote two of her best-loved books, Ethan Frome and The House of Mirth. But she and Teddy were not destined to live happily ever after. Teddy, who was mentally ill and maritally unfaithful, sold The Mount without his wife's permission. In 1911, she moved to France, where she lived for the rest of her life.