The House Of Mirth
By Edith Wharton
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The House Of Mirth by Edith Wharton ranked # 69 on The Modern Library's Top 100 Novels list as selected by its Board Members.
The House of Mirth is a 1905 novel by Edith Wharton. It is centered on Lily Bart, a New York socialite who attempts to secure a husband and a place in affluent society. It was one of the first novels of manners to emerge in American literature.
The title is taken from Ecclesiastes 7:4: "The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth."
Of all of Wharton's best-known novels, The House of Mirth seems the most tragic. The heroine, who is far from stupid, is so bound-up in her rigid principles, that she flatly refuses to grab hold of the virtual life-rafts thrown to her.
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