The House of Mirth

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Barnes & Noble Classics, 2004 - Fiction - 400 pages
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I love the "House of Mirth" for so beautifully capturing the position of women in 1905: by societal convention needing to marry, limited in career opportunities, and unable to live an independent life ... Read full review

My Dear Friend Lily Bart

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...but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth. And so this book is filled with fools of society. They are painted as vain materialistic selfish driven superficially by the society they live in ... Read full review

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Jeffrey Meyers, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, has published forty-three books, including biographies of Ernest Hemingway, Edmund Wilson, Robert Frost, D. H. Lawrence, Joseph Conrad, and George Orwell.

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