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 est nee en 1862 a New York dans une riche famille. Son premier best-seller, "The House of Mirth" ("Chez les heureux du monde") parait en 1905. Elle s'installe l'annee suivante a Paris. Au cours de la Grande Guerre, elle se rend sur le front et ses comptes-rendus aident a convaincre l'opinion publique americaine de la necessite de rejoindre les Forces Alliees. En 1921, son roman "The Age of Innocence" est un triomphe; elle obtient le prix Pulitzer. Elle meurt a Saint-Brice sous Foret en aout 1937.
Wharton is past president of the Outdoor Writer's Association of America and writes about Utah for the Salt Lake Tribune.
An influential literary critic, Lorna Sage was a professor of English at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. Her other books include Women in the House of Fiction, The Cambridge Guide to Women's Writing in English, and a study of the novelist Angela Carter. She died in 2001.
"Edith Wharton's finest achievement."