The Custom of the Country


Author: Leo Tolstoy

9780553213935 | PB | pp. 470 | 2008 | Wordsworth Editions

The novel superbly captures the world of post-Civil War America, as ruthless in its social ambitions as in its business and politics.

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First published in 1913, Edith Wharton’s The Custom of the Country is a scathing novel of ambition featuring one of the most ruthless heroines in literature. Undine Spragg is as unscrupulous as she is magnetically beautiful. Her rise to the top of New York’s high society from the nouveau riche provides a provocative commentary on the upwardly mobile and the aspirations that eventually cause their ruin. One of Wharton’s most acclaimed works, The Custom of the Country is a stunning indictment of materialism and misplaced values that is as powerful today for its astute observations about greed and power as when it was written nearly a century ago.

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Leo Tolstoy (1828 -1910) is one of the major figures in world literature, and War and Peace is in contention to be considered the greatest novel ever written. But this is only one of his memorable works Anna Karenina certainly equals it in popularity, and his shorter works, such as The Death of Ivan Ilyich are considered excellent.


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