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Edith Wharton

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The upper stratum of New York society into which Edith Wharton was born in 1862 provided her with an abundance of material as a novelist but did not encourage her growth as an artist. Educated by tutors and governesses, she was raised for only one career: marriage. But her marriage, in 1885, to Edward Wharton was an emotional disappointment, if not a disaster. She suffered the first of a series of nervous breakdowns in 1894. In spite of the strain of her marriage, or perhaps because of it, she began to write fiction and published her first story in 1889.

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American 19th Century Literature
Complete Stories; The Golden Bowl; Moby-Dick; Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn; The Age of Innocence
Written by Edgar Allan Poe, Henry James, Herman Melville, Mark Twain and Edith Wharton


Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: December 21, 2010
Price: $123.00

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The Raven and the Monkey's Paw
Classics of Horror and Suspense from the Modern Library
Written by Edgar Allan Poe, Edith Wharton, Saki, Charles Dickens and O. Henry


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 22, 2012
Price: $2.99

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The Raven and the Monkey's Paw
Classics of Horror and Suspense from the Modern Library
Written by Edgar Allan Poe, Edith Wharton, Saki, Charles Dickens and O. Henry


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 29, 1998
Price: $15.00

CONTENTS:

Edgar Allen Poe/ Stories
The Murders in the Rue Morgue
The Black Cat
The Fall of the House of Usher
The Pit and the Pendulum
The Premature Burial
The Tell-Tale Heart
Berenice
Ligeia

Edgar Allen Poe/ Poems
The Raven
Lenore
To Helen
Ulalume
Annabel Lee
The Haunted Palace
The Conqueror Worm
Spirits of the Dead

Stories
Afterward/ Edith Wharton
Sredni Vashtar/ Saki
The Signalman/ Charles Dickens
The Furnished Room/ O. Henry
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The Age of Innocence

Written by Edith Wharton


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 5, 2012
Price: $9.95

One of Edith Wharton’s most famous novels—the first by a woman to win the Pulitzer Prize—exquisitely details a tragic struggle between love and responsibility in Gilded Age New York.

Newland Archer, an aristocratic young lawyer, is engaged to the cloistered, beautiful May Welland. But when May’s cousin Ellen arrives from Europe, fleeing... Read more >
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The Age of Innocence

Written by Edith Wharton
Introduction by Peter Washington


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: February 5, 2008
Price: $23.00

The Age of Innocence, one of Edith Wharton’s most renowned novels and the first by a woman to win the Pulitzer Prize, exquisitely details the struggle between love and responsibility through the experiences of men and women in Gilded Age New York.

The novel follows Newland Archer, a young, aristocratic lawyer engaged... Read more >
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The Age of Innocence

Written by Edith Wharton
Introduction by Louis Auchincloss


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: March 2, 1999
Price: $9.95

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

This new Modern Library paperback edition includes an Introduction by Louis Auchincloss, and Commentary by William Lyon Phelps and E.M. Forster.

Newland Archer saw little to envy in the marriages of his friends, yet he prided himself that in May Welland he had found the companion of his... Read more >
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The Age of Innocence

Written by Edith Wharton


Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: January 1, 1996
Price: $5.95

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The Age of Innocence

Written by Edith Wharton


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 5, 2012
Price: $5.99

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The Age of Innocence

Written by Edith Wharton


Format: eBook
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: June 27, 2006
Price: $1.99

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The Age of Innocence
(A Modern Library E-Book)
Written by Edith Wharton


Format: eBook
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 1, 2000
Price: $2.99

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The Custom of the Country

Written by Edith Wharton
Introduction by Diane Johnson


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 9, 2001
Price: $13.00

Highly acclaimed at its publication in 1913, The Custom of the Country is a cutting commentary on America’s nouveaux riches, their upward-yearning aspirations and their eventual downfalls. Through her heroine, the beautiful and ruthless Undine Spragg, a spoiled heiress who looks to her next materialistic triumph as her latest conquest throws... Read more >
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The Custom of the Country

Written by Edith Wharton


Format: eBook, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 5, 2012
Price: $5.99

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The Custom of the Country

Written by Edith Wharton


Format: eBook
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: December 26, 2007
Price: $1.99

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The Custom of the Country

Written by Edith Wharton


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 5, 2012
Price: $10.95

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... Read more >
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The Custom of the Country

Written by Edith Wharton


Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 4, 1994
Price: $20.00

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The Custom of the Country

Written by Edith Wharton


Format: Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: April 1, 1991
Price: $5.95

With the publication of this controversial novel, Wharton leveled her most biting critique at the limitations that her society placed upon the ambitious woman. Undine Spragg, the book's central character, is a magnificent antiheroine, viciously and precisely rendered. She is boundlessly ambitious and ready to ruthlessly sell herself to whatever man... Read more >
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Ethan Frome

Written by Edith Wharton


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 5, 2012
Price: $8.95

Edith Wharton’s most widely read work is a tightly constructed and almost unbearably heartbreaking story of forbidden love in a snowbound New England village.

This brilliantly wrought, tragic novella explores the repressed emotions and destructive passions of working-class people far removed from the elevated social milieu usually inhabited by Wharton’s characters. Ethan... Read more >
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Ethan Frome and Other Short Fiction

Written by Edith Wharton


Format: eBook
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: September 25, 2007
Price: $1.99

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Ethan Frome and Other Short Fiction

Written by Edith Wharton


Format: Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: March 1, 1987
Price: $5.95

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Ethan Frome & Summer

Written by Edith Wharton
Introduction by Elizabeth Strout


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 8, 2001
Price: $9.00

Though Edith Wharton is best known for her cutting contemplation of fashionable New York, Ethan Frome and Summer are set in small New England towns, far from Manhattan’s beau monde. Together in one volume, these thematically linked short novels display Wharton’s characteristic criticism of society’s hypocrisy, and her daring exploration of... Read more >
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Ethan Frome & Summer

Written by Edith Wharton
Introduction by Elizabeth Strout


Format: eBook, 304 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 2, 2011
Price: $2.99

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Ethan Frome

Written by Edith Wharton


Format: eBook, 112 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 5, 2012
Price: $6.99

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Ethan Frome, Summer, Bunner Sisters

Written by Edith Wharton
Introduction by Hermione Lee


Format: eBook, 416 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: April 2, 2014
Price: $6.99

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Ethan Frome, Summer, Bunner Sisters

Written by Edith Wharton
Introduction by Hermione Lee


Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: February 5, 2008
Price: $22.00

These brilliantly wrought, tragic novellas explore the repressed emotions and destructive passions of working-class people far removed from the social milieu usually inhabited by Edith Wharton’s characters. Ethan Frome is one of Wharton’s most famous works; it is a tightly constructed and almost unbearably heartbreaking story of forbidden love in a... Read more >
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The House of Mirth

Written by Edith Wharton


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 5, 2012
Price: $9.95

Set among the glittering salons of Gilded Age New York, Edith Wharton’s most popular novel is a moving indictment of a society whose soul-crushing limitations destroy a woman too spirited to be contained by them.

The beautiful, much-desired Lily Bart has been raised to be one of the perfect wives of the... Read more >
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