Age of Innocence

ISBN-10: 0684842378

ISBN-13: 9780684842370

Edition: 1998

Authors: Edith Wharton

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Winner of the 1921 Pulitzer Prize,The Age of Innocenceis an elegant, masterful portrait of desire and betrayal in old New York. With vivid power, Wharton evokes a time of gaslit streets, formal dances held in the ballrooms of stately brownstones, and society people "who dreaded scandal more than disease." This is Newland Archer's world as he prepares to many the docile May Welland. Then, suddenly, the mysterious, intensely nonconformist Countess Ellen Olenska returns to New York after a long absence, turning Archer's world upside down. This classic Wharton tale of thwarted love is an exuberantly comic and profoundly moving look at the passions of the human heart, as well as a literary achievement of the highest order.
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List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 3/4/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Jane Alison has a bachelor's degree in classics from Princeton University & a M.F.A. from Columbia University. She lives in Germany.

About This Series
A Note on the Text
The Age of Innocence
Background Readings
Questions of Culture
From "The Metropolitan Gentry: Culture against Politics"
From "The Genteel Tradition in American Philosophy"
From "Democratic Vistas"
From "Merchants and Masterpieces: The Story of the Metropolitan Museum of Art"
"The Location and Decoration of Houses in The Age of Innocence"
From How the Other Half Lives
Marriage and Divorce
From Domestic Revolutions
From "For the Wedding Night"
Travel and Sport
From the Introduction to American Travel Writers, 1850-1915
From "Americans Abroad"
From "Newport"
From "The Lawn Set"
From Violence and the Sacred
From Primitive Culture
Other Writings
Writing The Age of Innocence
The Ways of Old New York
The Childishness of American Women
"The Valley of Childish Things"
Winning the Pulitizer Prize
Critical Readings
From "The Composition of Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence"
From "Cool Diana and the Blood-Red Muse: Edith Wharton on Innocence and Art"
From "Becoming the Mask: Edith Wharton's Ingenues"
From "Angel of Devastation: Edith Wharton on the Arts of the Enslaved"
From "The Age of Innocence and the Bohemian Peril"
From "Edith Wharton: The Archeological Motive"
From "'Hunting for the Real': Wharton and the Science of Manners"
From "A Note on Wharton's Use of Faust"
From "The Mind in Chains: Public Plots and Personal Fables"
From "American Naturalism in Its 'Perfected' State: The Age of Innocence and An American Tragedy"
From "The Scorses Interview: On Filming The Age of Innocence"
"Of Writers and Class: In Praise of Edith Wharton"
Works Cited
For Further Reading
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