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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $15.00
  • January 2018
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-62454-0
  • 424 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

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    The House of Mirth

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    Edith Wharton (Author), Elizabeth Ammons (Editor, Tufts University)


    “Professor Ammons’ excellent edition is essential for students interested in a contextualized approach to Wharton’s The House of Mirth.” —Andrew Kopec, Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne

    “A staple in my feminist theory and sex-gender courses, this novel provides endless opportunities for discussion of the situation of women, of performing ‘feminine,’ and of the insecurities and dangers for women in a society with limited economic possibilities. This is an excellent edition and I appreciate it.” —Paula Backscheider, Auburn University

    This Norton Critical Edition includes:

    • The 1905 book edition of the novel, complete with A. B. Wenzell’s eight original illustrations.
    • A preface and explanatory footnotes by Elizabeth Ammons.
    • An abundant selection of contextual material, including excerpts from Wharton’s letters, contemporary reviews, six drawings by Charles Dana Gibson, Thorstein Veblen on conspicuous consumption, Charlotte Perkins Gilman on women and economics, and various others writing about women’s place in society at the turn of the century.
    • Six modern critical views, considering issues of economics, race, materialism, body image, nature, and feminism within the novel.
    • A Chronology and a Selected Bibliography.

    About the Series

    Read by more than 12 million students over fifty-five years, Norton Critical Editions set the standard for apparatus that is right for undergraduate readers. The three-part format—annotated text, contexts, and criticism—helps students to better understand, analyze, and appreciate the literature, while opening a wide range of teaching possibilities for instructors. Whether in print or in digital format, Norton Critical Editions provide all the resources students need.



    In addition to all of the illustrations that accompanied the novel originally, this volume contains several cartoons by Charles Dana Gibson to contextualize the marriage market, newspaper ads and fashion plates of the day, and society tableaux. New to this edition is the inclusion of Joshua Reynolds' painting of Mrs. Lloyd that Lily Bart models as in a key part of the novel. 

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