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Author: Edith Wharton

Year Published: 1905

Type: Novel

Genre: Drama

Perspective and Narrator:

The House of Mirth is told by an omniscient third-person narrator.


The House of Mirth is written in the past tense.

About the Title:

The title of The House of Mirth alludes to a passage from the book of Ecclesiastes in the Hebrew Bible: "The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth." The reference suggests that the wealthy and careless society depicted in the novel is foolish, although its heroine, Lily Bart, who mourns her life toward the end of the novel, may have become wise.


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