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The House of Mirth | Study Guide

Edith Wharton

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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.

Tense

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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