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The House of Mirth

The House of Mirth


by Edith Wharton

The House of Mirth Resources

Movie or TV Productions

1981, Made-for-TV

Staring Geraldine Chaplin as Lily Bart.

1918 Film

This one's in black-and-white.

2000 Film

Starring Gillian Anderson (yes, from the X-Files) and Laura Linney. The film condenses a lot of the action in House of Mirth because. A lot of these intricacies are missing, as are many of the minor characters that give us the flavor of Old New York society. Still, kudos to the film for conveying Wharton's biting wit by relying so heavily on specific lines from the text; almost all of the movie's dialogue is verbatim.


The tableaux vivants scene

From the 2000 film

Lily's Final Scene with Selden

Lots of drama, tears, etc.

Lily refuses Selden's help. Again.

Indignation at its best.


Gillian Anderson as Lily Bart

Big hats never looked so good.

The Author

Edith Wharton as a young woman.


The Mount

Edith's Wharton's famous house in Massachusetts still stands…for the time being.

Article About Wharton's Letter on Lily's Death

Was the overdose intentional? See what Wharton (and a slew of critics) thought.


The Greatest House Ever
A website featuring Edith Wharton's house. You can start to see where Wharton got all the opulent details from…

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