The Custom of the Country by Linda Wagner-Martin, Edith Wharton

The Custom of the Country

Linda Wagner-Martin, Edith Wharton

fiction classics challenging reflective medium-paced

370 pages | first published 1913


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, Wha...

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