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CliffsNotes on Wharton's The House of Mirth

ISBN: 978-0-7645-3716-5
80 pages
May 2003
CliffsNotes on Wharton
The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format.

CliffsNotes on The House of Mirth takes you into the waning years of the Gilded Age and the moral bankruptcy of New York City's elite class. Edith Wharton's story of a woman — whose beauty causes men to desire to possess her and women to be jealous of her — reflects the complicated struggle of the individual against the social strictures of a powerful, and triumphant, moneyed class.

This concise supplement to the satirically critical The House of Mirth, helps you understand the overall structure of the novel, actions and motivations of the characters, and the social and cultural perspectives of the author. Features that help you study include

  • Chapter-by-chapter summaries and commentaries
  • A character map that outline key characteristics and relationships
  • Insightful character analyses
  • A critical essay about the opulence and emptiness of the Gilded Age
  • A review section that tests your knowledge

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Life and Background of the Author.

Personal Background.

Education and Early Work.

Married Life.

The French Years.

Career Highlights.

Introduction to the Novel.

Introduction to the Novel.

Brief Synopsis.

List of Characters.

Character Map.

Critical Commentaries.

Book 1.

Chapter I.

Chapter II.

Chapter III.

Chapter IV.

Chapter V.

Chapter VI.

Chapter VII.

Chapters VIII–IX. 

Chapter X. 

Chapters XI–XII.

Chapter XIII.

Chapter XIV.

Chapter XV.

Book 2.

Chapter I.

Chapter II.

Chapter III.

Chapter IV.

Chapter V.

Chapter VI.

Chapters VII–VIII.

Chapters IX–X. 

Chapter XI. 

Chapter XII.

Chapter XIII.

Chapter XIV.

Character Analyses.

Critical Essay: The House of Mirth as Gilded Age House of Cards.

CliffsNotes Review.

CliffsNotes Resource Center.

Index.

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Bruce Walker is adjunct professor of literature and technical writing at the University of Detroit, MI. He earned a B.A. in English from Michigan State University in 1985. He has been a contributing editor to Gale Group's Literary Criticism Series, Contempory Musicians, Newsmakers, and Encyclopedia of World Biography.
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