The Custom of the Country (Paperback)

By Edith Wharton, Diane Johnson (Introduction by)
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Description


Highly acclaimed at its publication in 1913, The Custom of the Country is a cutting commentary on America’s nouveaux riches, their upward-yearning aspirations and their eventual downfalls. Through her heroine, the beautiful and ruthless Undine Spragg, a spoiled heiress who looks to her next materialistic triumph as her latest conquest throws himself at her feet, Edith Wharton presents a startling, satiric vision of social behavior in all its greedy glory. As Undine moves from America’s heartland to Manhattan, and then to Paris, Wharton’s critical eye leaves no social class unscathed.

About the Author


Edith Wharton (1862-1937) was raised in New York City in a socially prominent family. She wrote the novels The Age of Innocence, Ethan Frome, Old New York, The Old Maid, and The House of Mirth.

Diane Johnson, a three-time National Book Award finalist (most recently in 1997 for Le Divorce), is the author of twelve previous books. She divides her time between San Francisco and Paris.

Praise For…


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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780375758072
ISBN-10: 0375758070
Publisher: Modern Library
Publication Date: October 9th, 2001
Pages: 400
Language: English