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The Custom Of The Country (Twentieth Century Classics) by Edith Wharton 

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Wharton?s glittering satire of the newly affluent in Old New York 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 called the interior d├ęcor of this America and its nouveau riche fringes. Through a heroine who is as vain, spoiled, and selfish as she is irresistibly fascinating, and through a most intricate and satisfying plot that follows Undine?s marriages and affairs, she conveys a vision of social behavior that is both supremely informed and supremely disenchanted. BACKCOVER: ?As long as men and women seek to use each other?and to use each other badly?Edith Wharton can be counted upon to provide the ideal commentary.? ?Anita Brookner

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