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The House Of The Mirth Infographics

“We are expected to be pretty and well-dressed until we drop.”

About the Author

Edith Wharton (January 24, 1862 – August 11, 1937)

Edith Wharton was a multi-dimensional player in the field of writing. She played a crucial role
as a short story writer, playwright, and designer. She became the first woman ever to be honored
by the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 1921. Later on, for her efforts in the field of writing, she
was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1996.




Sympathetic and uses a Healthy Dose of Amused Detachment

Main Message

Importance of Money and difficulty of following society’s Rule


New York City in 1905

Main Characters in the House of Mirth

Lily Bart-

The Novels Protagonist

Lawrence Selden-

A detached observer of the community of New York that Bart wants to join

Gertrude “Gerty” Farish-

Cousin of Lawrence Selden

Mrs. Julia Peniston-

Lily’s widowed parental aunt


An ex-suitor of Lily’s whose mother packed him off to India.

Famous Quotes from the House of the Mirth

● “My little old dog, a heartbeat at my feet.”
● “Life is always either a tightrope or a feather bed. Give me the tightrope.”
● “If only we'd stop trying to be happy, we could have a pretty good time.”
● “The real loneliness is living among all these kind people who only ask one to pretend!”


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