The Custom of the Country

September 27th, 2009 at 5:52 pm David Frum | 1 Comment |

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My most recent Bookshelf review discusses Edith Wharton’s The Custom of the Country.

Edith Wharton seems at one point to have intended The Custom of the Country as a feminist novel, an expose of the harm done to women by their exclusion from public life.

Published in 1913, the year of Wharton’s own divorce, the novel presents a world in which marriage is women’s only career – and personal display their only permissible field of competition.

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