The custom of the country

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From New York to Europe, the apartments of the nouveau riche to ancient French estates, Edith Wharton tells the story of Undine Spragg, a girl from a Midwestern town with unquenchable social aspirations. Though Undine is narcissistic, pampered, and incredibly selfish, she is a beguiling heroine whose marital initiation into New York high society from its trade-wealthy fringes is only the beginning of her relentless ambitions. Wharton weaves an elaborate plot that renders a detailed depiction of upper-class social behavior in the early twentieth century. By utilizing a character with inexorable greed in a novel of manners, she demonstrates some of the customs of a modern age and posits a surprising explanation for divorce and the social role of women, which still resonates for the modern audience today.
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auth_author2 Brookner, Anita., Caruso, Barbara., Conlin, Grace., Raver, Lorna., Wolff, Cynthia Griffin,
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display_description Considered by many to be her masterpiece, Edith Wharton's second full-length work is a scathing yet personal examination of the exploits and follies of the modern upper class. As she unfolds the story of Undine Spragg, from New York to Europe, Wharton affords us a detailed glimpse of what might be called the interior deĢcor of this America and its nouveau riche fringes. Through a heroine who is as vain, spoiled, and selfish as she is irresistibly fascinating, and through a most intricate and satisfying plot that follows Undine's marriages and affairs, she conveys a vision of social behavior that is both supremely informed and supremely disenchanted. -- from Amazon.
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subject_facet Americans -- France -- Fiction, Divorced women -- Fiction, Divorced women -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction, Downloadable audio, Downloadable streaming, New York (N.Y.) -- Fiction, New York (N.Y.) -- Social life and customs -- Fiction, Paris (France) -- Fiction, Remarried people -- Fiction, Upper class -- Fiction, Upper class -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction
title_display The custom of the country
title_full The Custom of the Country, The custom of the country / Edith Wharton, The custom of the country / Edith Wharton ; with an introduction by Anita Brookner, The custom of the country / Edith Wharton ; with an introduction by Cynthia Griffin Wolff, The custom of the country [electronic resource] / Edith Wharton
title_short The custom of the country
topic_facet Classic Literature, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literature