The Custom of the Country

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C. Scribner's sons, 1913 - Fiction - 413 pages

Edith Wharton's lacerating satire on marriage and materialism in turn-of-the-century New York features her most selfish, ruthless, and irresistibly outrageous female character.
 
Undine Spragg is an exquisitely beautiful but ferociously acquisitive young woman from the Midwest who comes to New York to seek her fortune. She achieves her social ambitions—but only at the highest cost to her family, her admirers, and her several husbands. Wharton lavished on Undine an imaginative energy that suggests she was as fascinated as she was appalled by the alluring monster she had created. It is the complexity of her attitude that makes The Custom of the Country—with its rich social and emotional detail and its headlong narrative power—one of the most fully realized and resonant of her works.

 

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Contents

Section 1
5
Section 2
15
Section 3
30
Section 4
60
Section 5
99
Section 6
110
Section 7
132
Section 8
197
Section 14
273
Section 15
295
Section 16
312
Section 17
317
Section 18
327
Section 19
333
Section 20
360
Section 21
375

Section 9
213
Section 10
234
Section 11
240
Section 12
257
Section 13
267
Section 22
387
Section 23
401
Section 24
415
Section 25
419
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About the author (1913)

Edith Wharton (1862-1937) was born into high society in New York City. After divorcing her husband in 1913 she took up permanent residence in France. Her many stories and novels were critical successes as well as bestsellers and she won the Pulitzer Prize for The Age of Innocence in 1921.

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