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Madame de Treymes (Penguin 60s) - Edith Wharton Another of Wharton's brilliant literary profiles crafted from telling details into a short but satisfying read. As noted by Susan Alsop in the introduction to my edition: "Not since Balzac had a novelist put the world in which he lived so mercilessly under the microscope." And the language is sublime.

"He was always struck anew by the vast and consummately ordered spectacle of Paris: by its look of having been boldly and deliberately planned as a background for the enjoyment of life, instead of being forced into grudging concessions to the festive instincts, or barricading itself against them in unenlightened ugliness, like his own lamentable New York."