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The Custom of the Country

Edith Wharton
Edited with an introduction by Stephen Orgel

09 October 2008

ISBN: 9780199555123

416 pages

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Oxford World's Classics

Price: £8.99



Edith Wharton's satiric anatomy of American society in the first decade of the twentieth century both appalled and fascinated its first reviewers. It follows the career of Undine Spragg, as she pursues her schemes and social ambitions in a world of shifting values, where triumph is swiftly followed by disillusion.

About the Author(s)

Edith Wharton

Edited with an introduction by Stephen Orgel, Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor of Humanities, Stanford University


'Wharton captures with masterly ease the world of post-Civil War America in this brilliantly-written and highly-entertaining novel.' Charles Osborne, Sunday Telegraph -

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