The House of Mirth

Chapter 1 Selden paused in surprise.

Author: Edith Wharton

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Chapter 1 Selden paused in surprise. In the afternoon rush of the Grand Central Station his eyes had been refreshed by the sight of Miss Lily Bart. It was a Monday in early September, and he was returning to his work from a hurried dip into the country; but what was Miss Bart doing in town at that season? If she had appeared to be catching a train, he might have inferred that he had come on her in the act of transition between one and another of the country-houses which disputed her presence after the close of the Newport season; but her desultory air perplexed him. She stood apart from the crowd, letting it drift by her to the platform or the street, and wearing an air of irresolution which might, as he surmised, be the mask of a very definite purpose. It struck him at once that she was waiting for some one, but he hardly knew why the idea arrested him. There was nothing new about Lily Bart, yet he could never see her without a faint movement of interest: it was characteristic of her that she always roused speculation, that her simplest acts seemed the result of far-reaching intentions. An impulse of curiosity made him turn out of his direct line to the door, and stroll past her. He knew that if she did not wish to be seen she would contrive to elude him; and it amused him to think of putting her skill to the test. "Mr. Selden—what good luck!" She came forward smiling, eager almost, in her resolve to intercept him. One or two persons, in brushing past them, lingered to look; for Miss Bart was a figure to arrest even the suburban traveller rushing to his last train. Selden had never seen her more radiant. Her vivid head, relieved against the dull tints of the crowd, made her more conspicuous than in a ball-room, and under her dark hat and veil she regained the girlish smoothness, the purity of tint, that she was beginning to lose after eleven years of late hours and indefatigable dancing. Was it really eleven years, Selden found himself wondering, and had she indeed reached the nine-and-twentieth birthday with which her rivals credited her?

The House of Mirth Illustrated

It tells the story of Lily Bart, a well-born but impoverished woman belonging to New York City's high society around the turn of the last century.[a] Wharton creates a portrait of a stunning beauty who, though raised and educated to marry ...

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The House of Mirth is a 1905 novel by the American author Edith Wharton. It tells the story of Lily Bart, a well-born but impoverished woman belonging to New York City's high society around the turn of the last century.[a] Wharton creates a portrait of a stunning beauty who, though raised and educated to marry well both socially and economically, is reaching her 29th year, an age when her youthful blush is drawing to a close and her marital prospects are becoming ever more limited. The House of Mirth traces Lily's slow two-year social descent from privilege to a tragically lonely existence on the margins of society. In the words of one scholar, Wharton uses Lily as an attack on "an irresponsible, grasping and morally corrupt upper class.

Edith Wharton s The House of Mirth

The House of Mirth is perhaps Edith Wharton's best-known and most frequently read novel. This casebook collects critical essays addressing a broad spectrum of topics and utilizing a range of critical and theoretical approaches.

Author: Carol J. Singley

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 019515603X

Category: Literary Criticism

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'The House of Mirth' is perhaps Edith Wharton's best-known and most frequently read novel. This casebook collects critical essays addressing a broad spectrum of topics and utilizing a range of critical and theoretical approaches.

New Essays on The House of Mirth

Each of the four articles collected in this New Essays volume makes distinctive new claims for the historical, critical, and theoretical significance of Wharton's seminal work.

Author: Deborah Esch

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521378338

Category: Literary Criticism

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The House of Mirth captured the attention of a large portion of the reading public when it was published in a serial version for most of 1905 and then as a hardback in October of that year. Edith Wharton's story of Lily Bart topped the Am erican bestseller list for four months and sealed the author's reputation as one of the major English-language fiction writers of her generation. Each of the four articles collected in this New Essays volume makes distinctive new claims for the historical, critical, and theoretical significance of Wharton's seminal work.

Edith Wharton s The House of Mirth

The House of Mirth tells the story of Lily Bart, glamorous, single, hanging on by
her slender pink fingernails to New York high society, and desperate for a rich
husband to secure her place in the Manhattan social elite. Lily has expensive
tastes; ...

Author: Janet Beer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0415350107

Category: Literary Criticism

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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. Including a selection of illustrations from the original magazine publication, which offers a unique insight to what the contemporary reader would have seen, this volume also provides: an accessible introduction to the text and contexts of The House of Mirth a critical history, surveying the many interpretations of the text from publication to the present a selection of new critical essays on the The House of Mirth, by Edie Thornton, Katherine Joslin, Janet Beer, Elizabeth Nolan, Kathy Fedorko and Pamela Knights, providing a range of perspectives on the novel and extending the coverage of key critical approaches identified in the survey section cross-references between sections of the guide, in order to suggest links between texts, contexts and criticism suggestions for further reading. 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.

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The House of Mirth

Perspectives on Contemporary Literature 8 ( 1982 ) : 18 - 26 . Dahl , Curtis . “
Edith Wharton ' s The House of Mirth : Sermon on a Text . ” Modern Fiction
Studies 21 ( 1975 ) : 572 - 76 . Davidson , Cathy N . “ Kept Women in The House
of Mirth .

Author: Hanes Professor of English and Comparative Literature Linda Wagner-Martin, Prof

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Category: Literary Criticism

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the House of Mirth

I ' m sure Mrs . Bry thinks her house a copy of the Trianon ; in America every
marble house with gilt furniture is thought to be a copy of the Trianon . What a
clever chap that architect is , though - how he takes his client ' s measure ! He has
put ...

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The entire works of John Bunyan ed by H Stebbing

And you have Within the house of Mirth to take a bed : But better things rememb '
ring , I retir ' d , done the part of a wise man in forsaking the house As I was by the
grace of God inspir ' d : of Mirth , and coming to the house of Mourning ; They ...

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Entire Works

... men told me they were going toward wise man than their slanderous tongues ,
and told the heavenly city as well as I , and if I would them he would go seek a
lodging at the house of repose myself in the house of Mirth this night , Mourning .

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The Saturday Evening Post

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The Bookman

5. Rose o ' the River . 6. Fair Margaret ... 183 149 148 4. The Spoilers ... 5.
Fenwick's Career . 6. Pam Decides .. 97 96 75 57 53 FEBRUARY 1. The House
of Mirth . 183 2. The Conquest of Canaan .. 163 3. The House of a Thousand
Candles .

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Ecclesiastes

But the “ house of feasting , " contrasted with the abode of sorrow , is the tent of
carousal , in which wine and wassail , song and dance , mirth and revelry ,
prevail without moderation , and with no other end in view than the gratification of
sinful ...

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Good words ed by N Macleod

... house of lies, or the house of folly, or the house of iniquity. And there is sorrow
in it ; as the wise man saith, Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful. Nay, as he
saith again, Sorrow is better than laughter. I said of laughter, It is mad ; and of
mirth, ...

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The Arizona Quarterly

The House of Mirth ( New York : Penguin , 1986 ) . It is the Penguin edition to
which I refer when I quote from the published text of the novel . 13 . Wharton
occasionally wrote such descriptive summaries to secure a financial advance
from her ...

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Wretched Exotic

As a description of some of the masque - like elements in The House of Mirth ,
Leonard ' s essay is useful . 29The House of Mirth , 383 ; see also Mrs . Fisher ' s
comments on page 296 ff . Mrs Fisher ' s role in the novel is especially revealing ...

Author: Katherine Joslin

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Category: Literary Criticism

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A collection of essays considering Wharton as a cross-cultural writer, discussing the ambivalent nature of her long residence in France and analyzing her as an expatriate, a European traveler, a WWI participant, and an international literary figure. Subjects include Wharton and Spain, and Wharton's reading in European languages and its influence on her work. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

American Literary Scholarship 1992

The House of Mirth took the lion ' s share of essays this year . First is Elaine N .
Orr ' s intelligent , feminist , and refreshingly different “ Contractual Law ,
Relational Whisper : A Reading of Edith Wharton ' s The House of Mirth ” ( MLQ
52 : 53 ...

Author: American Literary Scholarship

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Category: Literary Criticism

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The House of Scribner 1905 1930

The House of Mirth Edith Wharton ( or Ethan Frome ) 2. Predestine Stephen
French Whitman 3. This Side of Paradise F. Scott Fitzgerald 4. The Little
Shepherd of John Fox , Jr. Kingdom Come 5. In Ole Kentucky Thomas Nelson
Page 6.

Author: John Delaney

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ISBN: 9780787619312

Category: Literary Criticism

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Each volume concentrates on the major figures of a particular literary period, movement or genre. Entries are generously illustrated with facsimiles of manuscripts and revised galley proofs, title pages, dust jackets and pictures from the authors' lives. (Note: this series has been discontinued, however new Documentary volumes will be published periodically in the Dictionary of Literary Biography series.)