By Edith Wharton
For the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of Edith Wharton's beginning: her 3 maximum novels in a couture-inspired deluxe version that includes a brand new creation by means of Jonathan Franzen.
Born right into a exclusive manhattan kin, Edith Wharton chronicled the lives of the rich, the good born, and the nouveau riches in fiction that regularly hinges at the collision of private ardour and social conference. This quantity brings jointly her best-loved novels, ready in New York.
The apartment of Mirth is the tale of Lily Bart, who wishes a wealthy husband yet refuses to marry with no either love and money. The customized of the Country follows the marriages and affairs of Undine Spragg, who's as useless, spoiled, and egocentric as she is irresistibly attention-grabbing. The Pulitzer Prize-winning The Age of Innocence concerns the passionate bond that develops among the newly engaged Newland Archer and his finacée's cousin, the Countess Olenska, new to ny and newly divorced.
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