The House of Mirth is a 1905 novel by Edith Wharton. It is centered on Lily Bart, a New York socialite who attempts to secure a husband and a place in affluent society. It was one of the first novels of manners to emerge in American literature.— Excerpted from The House of Mirth on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Wharton did not appreciate the illustrations which the publisher commissioned for the work by A. B. Wenzell, and in a letter to Scribner's Sons she wrote ...even when I sank to the depth of letting the illustrations be put in the book--& oh, I wish I hadn't now..."