The House of Mirth | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Bonnie Lynn Gerard

This literature criticism consists of approximately 29 pages of analysis & critique of The House of Mirth.
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Critical Essay by Bonnie Lynn Gerard

SOURCE: Gerard, Bonnie Lynn. “From Tea to Chloral: Raising the Dead Lily Bart.” Twentieth Century Literature 44, no. 4 (winter 1998): 409-27.

In the following essay, Gerard argues that Lily's death provides a break from Wharton's naturalism throughout The House of Mirth to allow for a moment of individual self-determination.

“Gad! what a study might be made of the tyranny of the stomach—”

The House of Mirth (309)

Much has been made of the “square envelopes” fashionable society “showered” upon the “hall-table” of young Lily Bart's New York home (44). Much has also been made of the consequent “oblong envelopes”—constant reminders of the price of fashion—that were “...

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