This is a black comedy of manners about vast wealth and a woman who can define herself only through the perceptions of others.
The beautiful Lily Bart lives among the nouveaux riches of New York City - people whose millions were made in railroads, shipping, land speculation and banking.
In this morally and aesthetically bankrupt world, Lily, age twenty-nine, seeks a husband who can satisfy her cravings for endless admiration and all the trappings of wealth.
But her quest comes to a scandalous end when she is accused of being the mistress of a wealthy man.
Exiled from her familiar world of artificial conventions, Lily finds life impossible.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 368 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 25/11/1993
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780140187298