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Study Guide for Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth including chapter summary, character analysis, and more. Learn all about The House of Mirth, ask questions, and get the answers you need.
Author: Edith Wharton
Year Published: 1905
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.