The Age of Innocence

Edith Wharton - Author

Cynthia Griffin Wolff - Introduction by

Laura Dluzynski Quinn - Notes by

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ISBN 9780140189704 | 368 pages | 01 Mar 1996 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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  • Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
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The return of the beautiful Countess Olenska into the rigidly conventional society of New York sends reverberations throughout the upper reaches of society.

Newland Archer, an eligible young man of the establishment is about to announce his engagement to May Welland, a pretty ingénue, when May's cousin, Countess Olenska, is introduced into their circle. The Countess brings with her an aura of European sophistication and a hint of scandal, having left her husband and claimed her independence.

Her sorrowful eyes, her tragic worldliness and her air of unapproachability attract the sensitive Newland and, almost against their will, a passionate bond develops between them. But Archer's life has no place for passion and, with society on the side of May and all she stands for, he finds himself drawn into a bitter conflict between love and duty.

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'Edith Wharton is a writer who brings glory on the name of America, and this is her best book. It is one of the best novels of the twentieth century . . . a permanent addition to literature' - The New York Times