The Custom of the Country (Paperback)

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First published in 1913, Edith Wharton's The Custom of the Country is a scathing novel of ambition featuring one of the most ruthless heroines in literature. Undine Spragg is as unscrupulous as she is magnetically beautiful. Her rise to the top of New York's high society from the nouveau riche provides a provocative commentary on the upwardly mobile and the aspirations that eventually cause their ruin. One of Wharton's most acclaimed works, The Custom of the Country is a stunning indictment of materialism and misplaced values that is as powerful today for its astute observations about greed and power as when it was written nearly a century ago.

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.

Praise For…

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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780553213935
ISBN-10: 0553213938
Publisher: Bantam Classics
Publication Date: April 1st, 1991
Pages: 480
Language: English
Series: Bantam Classics