Born into a wealthy family, the early 20th century American novelist Edith Wharton had a first-class seat from which to view the trials and tribulations of New York’s moneyed classes. Her three greatest novels—The House of Mirth, The Custom of the Country, and The Age of Innocence—have just been reissued by Penguin Classics in an omnibus edition, with an introduction by Wharton fan Jonathan Franzen. For the wrap-around cover, fashion illustrator Richard Gray, best known for his collaborations with the late designer Alexander McQueen, imagined the boxes of a fin de siècle theater, occupied by preening fashion victims snooping through opera glasses, who would surely make the cast of Sex and City proud.
Have you read the House of Mirth? Lily Bart is a true New York city heroine whose tragic fall is reminiscent of a gossipy Bushnell novel. I'll be running to the store to pick up this sweet gem! I love beautiful covers and this one doesn't disappoint.
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