The Custom of the Country (Paperback)

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Edith Wharton's lacerating satire on marriage and materialism in turn-of-the-century New York features her most selfish, ruthless, and irresistibly outrageous female character.
Undine Spragg is an exquisitely beautiful but ferociously acquisitive young woman from the Midwest who comes to New York to seek her fortune. She achieves her social ambitions but only at the highest cost to her family, her admirers, and her several husbands. Wharton lavished on Undine an imaginative energy that suggests she was as fascinated as she was appalled by the alluring monster she had created. It is the complexity of her attitude that makes "The Custom of the Country" with its rich social and emotional detail and its headlong narrative power one of the most fully realized and resonant of her works.

About the Author


Edith Wharton (1862-1937) was born into high society in New York City. After divorcing her husband in 1913 she took up permanent residence in France. Her many stories and novels were critical successes as well as bestsellers and she won the Pulitzer Prize for "The Age of Innocence" in 1921.

Praise For…


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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780307949547
ISBN-10: 0307949540
Publisher: Vintage Books
Publication Date: June 5th, 2012
Pages: 413
Language: English
Series: Vintage Classics