Monday, July 20, 2009

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

This novel, first published in 1905, tells the tragic story of Lily Bart, a beautiful and single woman approaching age 30. Wharton uses Ms. Bart's decline to make the point that a woman without wealth or family support in early 20th Century America had few options. Unless she can marry a man with a good income, she will struggle to avoid a life of poverty. For Ms. Bart, the options provided are constricting and she holds out on marrying until it may be too late. The film adaptation starring Gillian Anderson is also highly recommended.

Leatherby Libraries Call Number: PS3545.H16 H68 1994
2nd Floor Humanities Library
Review submitted by: Stacy Russo, Chair of Public Services, Leatherby Libraries
Rating: Highly Recommended

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