The Custom of the Country

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Random House Publishing Group, Dec 26, 2007 - Fiction - 480 pages
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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.
 

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User Review  - BeyondEdenRock - LibraryThing

Oh Undine! I have to address you, but I must confess that I am very nearly lost for words. I have never met anyone quite like you – in fact or in fiction – and you have made such an impression. You ... Read full review

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User Review  - fhudnell - LibraryThing

Edith Wharton understood a certain type of woman as well or better than anyone who ever wrote a book. Undine was narcissistic, beautiful, manipulative, clever (but not overly intelligent or curious ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
25
Section 3
47
Section 4
66
Section 5
76
Section 6
94
Section 7
109
Section 8
162
Section 18
303
Section 19
310
Section 20
316
Section 21
325
Section 22
335
Section 23
355
Section 24
361
Section 25
372

Section 9
176
Section 10
186
Section 11
216
Section 12
223
Section 13
241
Section 14
257
Section 15
265
Section 16
272
Section 17
285
Section 26
378
Section 27
389
Section 28
400
Section 29
410
Section 30
427
Section 31
441
Section 32
457
Section 33
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Diane Johnson is the author of ten novels, most recently Le Mariage and Le Divorce, two books of essays, two biographies, and the screenplay for Stanley Kubrick’s classic film The Shining. She has been a finalist four times for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Awards.

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