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The Custom of the Country (Modern Library Classics)

ISBN13: 9780375758072
ISBN: 0375758070
Binding: Paperback
List Price: $13.0
Publisher: Modern Library
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Pages: 400
Average Goodreads rating: 4.03/5 (73 ratings)

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 himself at her feet, Edith Wharton presents a startling, satiric vision of social behavior in all its greedy glory. As Undine moves from America’s heartland to Manhattan, and then to Paris, Wharton’s critical eye leaves no social class unscathed.