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A great novel by one of the greatest English novelists. The brilliant dialogue regularly compares with Oscar Wilde's, and Wharton's take on upper-crust society is far more caustic. One serious flaw in the narrative perspective is the shameful anti-Semitic portrayal of Simon Rosedale's character. No way to get around it, though critics have often either tried to just ignored it as they have Scott Fitzgerald's in Gatsby. cf. https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-tu ... verso=true
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