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Edith Wharton

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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The House of Mirth
Written by Edith Wharton, Afterword by Michael Gorra, Introduction by Anna Quindlen
Signet | Paperback | October 2015
$5.95/7.95(Canada) | 978-0-451-47430-8 (0-451-47430-9)

Edith Wharton's classic novel, The House of Mirth, is a brillaint exposé of the pretense and greed of fashionable New York Society.

In The House of Mirth, which helped to establish Edith Wharton’s literary reputation, she honed her acerbic style and discovered her defining subject: the fashionable New York society in which she had... Read more






The Age of Innocence
Written by Edith Wharton
Vintage | Trade Paperback | June 2012
$11.00/15.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-94951-6 (0-307-94951-6)

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...

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The Custom of the Country
Written by Edith Wharton
Vintage | Trade Paperback | June 2012
$10.95/12.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-94954-7 (0-307-94954-0)

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...

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Ethan Frome
Written by Edith Wharton
Vintage | Trade Paperback | June 2012
$8.95/10.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-94953-0 (0-307-94953-2)

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






The House of Mirth
Written by Edith Wharton
Vintage | Trade Paperback | June 2012
$9.95/11.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-94952-3 (0-307-94952-4)

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...

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Three Novels of New York
Written by Edith Wharton, Illustrated by Richard Gray, Introduction by Jonathan Franzen
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | February 2012
$25.00/26.50(Canada) | 978-0-14-310655-5 (0-14-310655-4)

For the 150th anniversary of Edith Wharton's birth: her three greatest novels in a couture-inspired deluxe edition featuring a new introduction by Jonathan Franzen.

Born into a distinguished New York family, Edith Wharton chronicled the lives of the wealthy, the well born, and the nouveau riches in fiction that often hinges on... Read more






Ethan Frome
Written by Edith Wharton, Afterword by Susanna Moore, Foreword by Anita Shreve
Signet | Paperback | June 2009
$5.95/6.99(Canada) | 978-0-451-53131-5 (0-451-53131-0)

A masterwork From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author

Nineteenth-century New England villager Ethan Frome is tormented by his love for his ailing wife's cousin. Trapped, he may ultimately be destroyed by that which offers his greatest chance at happiness... Read more






The Age of Innocence
Written by Edith Wharton, Afterword by Judith P. Saunders, Introduction by Regina Barreca
Signet | Paperback | March 2008
$5.95/7.50(Canada) | 978-0-451-53088-2 (0-451-53088-8)

Edith Wharton’s masterpiece brings to life the grandeur and hypocrisy of a gilded age. Set among the very rich in 1870s New York, it tells the story of Newland Archer, a young lawyer engaged to marry virginal socialite May Welland, when he meets her cousin, Countess Ellen Olenska, a woman unbound... Read more






The Age of Innocence
Written by Edith Wharton, Introduction by Peter Washington
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | February 2008
$24.00/28.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-26820-4 (0-307-26820-9)

(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)

 

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...

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Ethan Frome, Summer, Bunner Sisters
Written by Edith Wharton, Introduction by Hermione Lee
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | February 2008
$22.00/27.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-26825-9 (0-307-26825-X)

(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)

 

These three 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...

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The Custom of the Country
Written by Edith Wharton, Introduction by Linda Wagner-Martin, Noted by Linda Wagner-Martin
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | May 2006
$14.00/15.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-303970-9 (0-14-303970-9)

Considered by many to be her masterpiece, Edith Wharton's second full-length work is a scathing yet personal examination of the exploits and follies of the modern upper class. As she unfolds the story of Undine Spragg, from New York to Europe, Wharton affords us a detailed glimpse of what might be... Read more






Ethan Frome
Written by Edith Wharton, Introduction by Elizabeth Ammons, Noted by Elizabeth Ammons
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | October 2005
$10.00/13.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-243780-3 (0-14-243780-8)

Set against the frozen waste of a harsh New England winter, Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome is a tale of despair, forbidden emotions, and sexual tensions, published with an introduction and notes by Elizabeth Ammons in Penguin Classics. Ethan Frome works his unproductive farm and struggles to maintain a bearable existence with... Read more






The Custom of the Country
Written by Edith Wharton, Introduction by Diane Johnson
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | October 2001
$14.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-75807-2 (0-375-75807-0)

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






Ethan Frome & Summer
Written by Edith Wharton, Introduction by Elizabeth Strout
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | May 2001
$9.00/11.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-75728-0 (0-375-75728-7)

This edition presents Wharton's two most controversial stories, which she considered inseperable, in one volume for the first time. Set in frigid New England, both deal with sexual awakening and appetite and their devastating consequences. This text includes newly commissioned notes. Read more






The House of Mirth
Written by Edith Wharton, Introduction by Elizabeth Hardwick
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | August 1999
$9.95/12.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-75375-6 (0-375-75375-3)

Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time

In The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton depicts the glittering salons of Gilded Age New York with precision and wit, even as she movingly portrays the obstacles that impeded women's choices at the turn of the century.

The... Read more






The Age of Innocence
Written by Edith Wharton, Introduction by Louis Auchincloss
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | March 1999
$11.00/14.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-75320-6 (0-375-75320-6)

Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time

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 needs--tender and impressionable, with equal purity of mind and manners... Read more






The Raven and the Monkey's Paw
Written by Edgar Allan Poe, Edith Wharton, Saki, Charles Dickens and O. Henry
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | September 1998
$15.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-75216-2 (0-375-75216-1)

The third in the Modern Library's series of original compilations, The Raven and the Monkey's Paw is a collection of classic tales and poems to engage our fear-seeking senses. The beauty of these stories and poems lies in their readability: ideal for sharing aloud around the campfire or for a quick... Read more






The Reef
Written by Edith Wharton, Introduction by Julian Barnes
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | July 1996
$19.00/25.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-44724-5 (0-679-44724-5)

Edith Wharton was at the height of her enormous literary powers when she published The Reef in 1912, and everything about this novel suggests a mastery so complete that it can achieve nothing higher. The plot, which tells of the drastic effects of a casual sexual betrayal on the lives of...

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The Age of Innocence
Written by Edith Wharton, Introduction by Cynthia Griffin Wolff, Noted by Laura Dluzynski Quinn
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | March 1996
$11.00/12.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-018970-4 (0-14-018970-X)

The return of the beautiful Countess Olenska into the rigidly conventional society of New York sends reverberations throughout the upper reaches of society. Newland Archer, an eligible young man of the establishment is about to announce his engagement to May Welland, a pretty ingénue, when May's cousin, Countess Olenska, is introduced... Read more






The Age of Innocence
Written by Edith Wharton
Bantam Classics | Paperback | January 1996
$5.95/7.95(Canada) | 978-0-553-21450-5 (0-553-21450-0)

Edith Wharton’s masterpiece brings to life the grandeur and hypocrisy of a gilded age. Set among the very rich in 1870s New York, it tells the story of Newland Archer, a young lawyer engaged to marry virginal socialite May Welland, when he meets her cousin, Countess Ellen Olenska, a woman unbound... Read more






The Custom of the Country
Written by Edith Wharton, Introduction by Lorna Sage
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | October 1994
$20.00/23.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-42301-0 (0-679-42301-X)

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...

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The Buccaneers
Written by Edith Wharton and Marion Mainwaring
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | October 1994
$16.00/17.50(Canada) | 978-0-14-023202-8 (0-14-023202-8)

Set in the 1870s, the same period as Wharton's The Age of Innocence, The Buccaneers is about five wealthy American girls denied entry into New York Society because their parents' money is too new. At the suggestion of their clever governess, the girls sail to London, where they marry lords, earls... Read more






Summer
Written by Edith Wharton, Introduction by Elizabeth Ammons, Noted by Elizabeth Ammons
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | August 1993
$12.00/15.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-018679-6 (0-14-018679-4)

A tale of forbidden sexual passion and thwarted dreams played out against the lush, summer backdrop of the Massachusetts Berkshires, Edith Wharton called Summer her 'hot Ethan.' In their rural settings and their poor, uneducated protagonists, Summer and Ethan Frome represent a sharp departure from Wharton's familiar depictions of the urban... Read more






Summer
Written by Edith Wharton
Bantam Classics | Paperback | July 1993
$5.95/6.99(Canada) | 978-0-553-21422-2 (0-553-21422-5)

Considered by some to be her finest work, Edith Wharton’s Summer created a sensation when first published in 1917, as it was one of the first novels to deal honestly with a young woman’s sexual awakening.

Summer is the story of Charity Royall, a child of mountain moonshiners adopted by a family... Read more






The House of Mirth
Written by Edith Wharton, Introduction by Cynthia Griffin Wolff, Noted by Cynthia Griffin Wolff
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | May 1993
$11.00/12.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-018729-8 (0-14-018729-4)

A black comedy of manners about vast wealth and a woman who can define herself only through the perceptions of others. The beautiful Lily Bart lives among the nouveaux riches of New York City – people whose millions were made in railroads, shipping, land speculation and banking. In this morally and... Read more





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