The House of Mirth

The House of Mirth Author Edith Wharton
ISBN-10 1840224193
Release 2002
Pages 294
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The heroine of this novel is Lily Bart, whose goal is to secure a rich husband who can sustain her lifestyle. She operates in a world where social position is important, but money can buy it. Lily is redeemed by her clear view of the corrupt society which is her gilded cage.



Views of New York Society in Edith Wharton s The House of Mirth

Views of New York Society in Edith Wharton s  The House of Mirth Author Isabel Findeiss
ISBN-10 9783638596220
Release 2007-02-16
Pages 17
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Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2003 im Fachbereich Amerikanistik - Literatur, Note: 2,0, Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaftliche Fakultät, Lehrstuhl für Amerikanistik), Veranstaltung: Henry James und Edith Wharton, 18 Quellen im Literaturverzeichnis, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth is one of the most popular novels of the beginning of the twentieth century. Although written as early as 1905, it is still a joy to read today. The novel, often seen as the very work which helped Wharton on her road to success as an acknowledged American writer, is today mostly praised as a sharp and often ironical view on New York’s High Society of that time. Having grown up in this society herself, Edith Wharton is in fact predestined to give an insight view of the structures and events taking place there. She herself said:“There it was before me in all its flatness and futility, asking to be dealt with as the theme most available at my hand, since I had been steeped in it from infancy.”1For my research paper, I will therefore analyze Edith Wharton’s view on New York’s society inThe House of Mirth.After a short glance at New York in general, I am going to take a look at the main character, Lily Bart, showing her social downfall from High Society to complete poverty by looking at the different families from New York’s society. Then, I am going to contrast Wharton’s presentation of families from High Society with those from the middle and lower class and show up the significant differences.



House of Mirth The Original Classic Edition

House of Mirth   The Original Classic Edition Author Edith Wharton
ISBN-10 1486148719
Release 2012-06
Pages 150
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It had been 16 years since I last read of Lily Bart and her life, and I didnt realize how much I had missed her upon re-reading. For me, this is one of the great reading experiences, one of a handful that make reading a book the deeply moving and human exchange that it is. Despite the distance of wealth, property, time and manners, Wharton manages to make Lilys world and life palpable to anyone who will listen. The clash of money, morals, personality and circumstance is infinitely developed and played out in front of a never fading natural world. Once again, I was deeply moved by Lily Bart and at the end, felt I had lost someone myself. Edith Whartons The House Of Mirth is a sad, but brilliant commentary on the closed, repressive society of the rich, upper class, New York nobility, at the dawn of the 20th century. It is also the story of the downfall of one woman, who attempts to live by her own rules, with no sponsor and no money of her own. Her parents are dead and she lives with relatives. Lily Bart is one of societys most eligible women, at the height of her powers, when the novel opens. Though she has little money, she has family connections, good breeding and the hope of coming into an inheritance. Beautiful and very charming, Lily has been brought up to be an ornament, as were most women of her class at that time. She is a gilded bird with a noble heart, but clearly she is not aware of the restrictions of her cage. Part of Lilys tragedy is that she does have character, spirit, and a conscience. However, she does not know how to align these attributes, with her ornamental avocation, and her ambitions to marry a wealthy man of good birth. As expected, Lily is popular with both bachelors and married men. Most of the bachelors propose marriage at on time or another. The only man she has real affection for is her dear friend, Lawrence Seldon, a barrister, whose lack of income makes him entirely unsuitable as a husband. Lily had developed a gambling habit to support her lifestyle, and supplement her allowance. An unfortunate losing streak has put her into debt. In her naivete, she forms an unsavory business alliance with a married man. Later, she is unjustly accused of having an affair with him and their business arrangement also come to light. Her family cuts her off without a penny. Society friends and connections reject their former darling, trying to extricate themselves from any repercussions Lilys indiscreet behavior may have on their reputations. Former friends turn vicious. The irony is that Lily has never committed any of the sins she is accused of. Several of her friends have, and frequently...but their sins are committed with the utmost discretion. Lilys crime is indiscretion. Her beaus disappear, as do her marriage prospects. The hypocrisy of her class becomes more apparent to her, as she searches for a means to survive, with all the familiar doors closed in her face. Lily seeks employment as a seamstress in the New York City slums, and lives there also, in a humble room with no refinements. Having no formal training and no real ambition, (her ambivalence about work is obvious), she sinks into deep depression and begins to decline. Laudanum helps her to sleep, and she becomes dependent on the drug. Lilys descent, from societys beautiful darling to a disheveled, desperate woman living in a shabby hotel room, addicted to drugs, is disturbing reading, to say the least. Her decline seems inevitable, especially after we read of her many poor and self-destructive decisions. She seems to sabotage herself. However, Lily Bart is ultimately the victim of a cruel society that sacrifices anyone who does not conform to its expectations. After reading House Of Mirth, for the first time several years ago, Lilys character has remained clear in my mind. I think of her from time to time with great poignance and a sense of personal loss.



Edith Wharton s The House of Mirth

Edith Wharton s The House of Mirth Author Carol J. Singley
ISBN-10 9780199972418
Release 2003-11-20
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Edith Wharton is recognized as one of the twentieth century's most important American writers. The House of Mirth not only initiated three decades of Wharton's popular and critical acclaim, it helped move women's literature into a new place of achievement and prominence. The House of Mirth is perhaps Wharton's best-known and most frequently read novel, and scholars and teachers consider it an essential introduction to Wharton and her work. The novel, moreover, lends itself to a variety of topics of inquiry and critical approaches of interest to readers at various levels. This casebook collects critical essays addressing a broad spectrum of topics and utilizing a range of critical and theoretical approaches. It also includes Wharton's introduction to the 1936 edition of the novel and her discussion of the composition of the novel from her autobiography.



Woman s Inhumanity to Woman

Woman s Inhumanity to Woman Author Phyllis Chesler
ISBN-10 9781569762783
Release 2009-05-01
Pages 576
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Drawing on the most important studies in psychology, human aggression, anthropology, and primatology, and on hundreds of original interviews conducted over a period of more than 20 years, this groundbreaking treatise urges women to look within and to consider other women realistically, ethically, and kindly and to forge bold and compassionate alliances. Without this necessary next step, women will never be liberated. Detailing how women's aggression may not take the same form as men's, this investigation reveals--through myths, plays, memoir, theories of revolutionary liberation movements, evolution, psychoanalysis, and childhood development--that girls and women are indeed aggressive, often indirectly and mainly toward one another. This fascinating work concludes by showing that women depend upon one another for emotional intimacy and bonding, and exclusionary and sexist behavior enforces female conformity and discourages independence and psychological growth.



House Of Mirth

House Of Mirth Author Janet Beer
ISBN-10 9781134269532
Release 2007-07-25
Pages 179
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Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth (1905) is a sharp and satirical, but also sensitive and tragic analysis of a young, single woman trying to find her place in a materialistic and unforgiving society. The House of Mirth offers a fascinating insight into the culture of the time and, as suggested by the success of recent film adaptations, it is also an enduring tale of love, ambition and social pressures still relevant today. Part of the Routledge Guides to Literature series, this volume is essential reading for all those beginning detailed study of The House of Mirth and seeking not only a guide to the novel, but a way through the wealth of contextual and critical material that surrounds Wharton’s text.



Penguin Classics Complete Annotated Catalog

Penguin Classics Complete Annotated Catalog Author Penguin Books
ISBN-10 0147717914
Release 2003-01-01
Pages 270
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Penguin Classics Complete Annotated Catalog has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Penguin Classics Complete Annotated Catalog also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Penguin Classics Complete Annotated Catalog book for free.



Die k hle Woge des Gl cks

Die k  hle Woge des Gl  cks Author Edith Wharton
ISBN-10 9783492985048
Release 2017-01-30
Pages 508
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»Sie hatte alles, was sie wollte, aber manchmal hatte sie das Gefühl, dass es noch Dinge gab, die sie vielleicht würde haben wollen, wenn sie von ihnen wüsste« Undine Spragg ist genauso skrupellos wie wunderschön. Sie hat nur ein Ziel: den Aufstieg in die bessere Gesellschaft. Als sich Ralph Marvell, der Spross einer der besten New Yorker Familien, in sie verliebt, scheint Undines Traum von Geld, Reichtum und Status in greifbarer Nähe. Doch schon während der Hochzeitsreise fürchtet die junge Frau, noch bessere Gelegenheiten zu verpassen. Bald ist ein neuer Verehrer gefunden, mit dem die schöne Undine auf der sozialen Leiter noch höher hinauf steigt. Ediths Whartons Roman über Reichtum und Schönheit hat auch 100 Jahre nach seinem Erscheinen nichts an Aktualität eingebüßt. »Die kühle Woge des Glücks« – jetzt erstmalig bei Piper Edition erhältlich



The 20th Century O Z

The 20th Century O Z Author Frank N. Magill
ISBN-10 9781136593697
Release 2013-05-13
Pages 1412
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Each volume of the Dictionary of World Biography contains 250 entries on the lives of the individuals who shaped their times and left their mark on world history. This is not a who's who. Instead, each entry provides an in-depth essay on the life and career of the individual concerned. Essays commence with a quick reference section that provides basic facts on the individual's life and achievements. The extended biography places the life and works of the individual within an historical context, and the summary at the end of each essay provides a synopsis of the individual's place in history. All entries conclude with a fully annotated bibliography.



Dictionary of World Biography The 20th century O Z

Dictionary of World Biography  The 20th century  O Z Author Frank Northen Magill
ISBN-10 9781579580483
Release 1999
Pages 1412
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Each volume of the Dictionary of World Biography contains 250 entries on the lives of the individuals who shaped their times and left their mark on world history. This is not a who's who. Instead, each entry provides an in-depth essay on the life and career of the individual concerned. Essays commence with a quick reference section that provides basic facts on the individual's life and achievements. The extended biography places the life and works of the individual within an historical context, and the summary at the end of each essay provides a synopsis of the individual's place in history. All entries conclude with a fully annotated bibliography.



Forthcoming Books

Forthcoming Books Author Rose Arny
ISBN-10 UOM:39015046789072
Release 1999
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Three Novels of Old New York

Three Novels of Old New York Author Edith Wharton
ISBN-10 014018984X
Release 1994
Pages 979
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Wharton's acclaimed portrayals of life, love, and marriage among New York's wealthy society in the early years of this century depict with subtle irony the cruelties of social conventions and the contradictions between monetary values and moral values. These three novels are the best representations of Wharton's intuitive insight.



Ethan Frome

Ethan Frome Author Edith Wharton
ISBN-10 0684825910
Release 1997-03-10
Pages 160
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First published in 1911, Ethan Frome is widely regarded as Edith Wharton's most revealing novel and her finest achievement in fiction. Set in the bleak, barren winter landscape of New England, it is the tragic tale of a simple man, bound to the demands of his farm and his tyrannical, sickly wife, Zeena, and driven by his star-crossed love for Zeena's young cousin, Mattie Silver. "In its spare, chilling creation of rural isolation, hardscrabble poverty and wintry landscape," writes Alfred Kazin in his afterword, "Ethan Frome overwhelms the reader as a drama of irresistible necessity." An exemplary work of literary realism in setting and character, Ethan Frome stands as one of the great classics of twentieth-century American literature.



Subject Guide to Books in Print

Subject Guide to Books in Print Author
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105025888558
Release 2003
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Law Liberty and the Constitution

Law  Liberty and the Constitution Author Harry Potter
ISBN-10 9781783270118
Release 2015-06-18
Pages 362
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A new approach to the telling of legal history, devoid of jargon and replete with good stories, which will be of interest to anyone wishing to know more about the common law - the spinal cord of the English body politic.



Three European Novels

Three European Novels Author Edith Wharton
ISBN-10 0140189807
Release 1996
Pages 532
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Three novels are contained in this title from the TWENTIETH CENTURY CLASSICS series, each looking ironically at the affairs of the old and new wealthy American classes moving to Europe. Previous works by Edith Wharton include THE AGE OF INNOCENCE, ETHAN FROME and SUMMER.



Twentieth century Literary Criticism

Twentieth century Literary Criticism Author Gale Research Company
ISBN-10 UOM:39015068882144
Release 1988
Pages 448
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Excerpts from criticism of the works of novelists, poets, playwrights, short story writers and other creative writers who lived between 1900 and 1960, from the first published critical appraisals to current evaluations.