The Age of Innocence

The Age of Innocence

Large Print - 1994
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Winner of the 1921 Pulitzer Prize. The Age of Innocence is Edith Wharton's masterful portrait of desire and betrayal in the sumptuous Golden Age of New York, when society people "dreaded scandal more than disease." This is Newland Archer's world as he prepares to marry the beautiful but conventional May Welland. Then the mysterious Countess Ellen Olenska returns to New York after a disastrous marriage in Europe, and he falls deeply in love with her . . .Available in Wheeler Softcover 4.
Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : G.K. Hall, 1994, c1920
ISBN: 9781597227285
Characteristics: 447 p. (large print) ; 25 cm


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A scathing portrayal of class, wealth, and love in late 19th Century New York.

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patienceandfortitude Aug 19, 2012

Ultimately, I didn't really love this book. Maybe I've just reached a point in life where the ethics of love and the pressures of society don't interest me all that much. Not my cup of tea, although I liked the beginning and the end better than the middle.

filmguy86 Jun 14, 2012

I feel richer for the experience of this book! Wharton was certainly at the height of her literary prowess. The book is difficult, but the story--if you stick with it (especially around about pg. 100)--reaches out and applies to everyone who wishes to learn more about themselves. "The Age of Innocence" is more than literary modernism, or a relic of the Victorian Age in the US--it's a guide for understanding the roots of our society and how these traditions shape the surface of today.

Jun 06, 2011

I love this book - Edith Wharton has a very good sense of humour.

Jul 27, 2010

So boring I didn't even finish it....but my friend did and from what she told me it wasn't worth finishing.

hermlou Mar 27, 2010

Victorian New York City is the location of this novel. Wharton describes the constrictions of upper class society as she tells of a love story between Newland Archer and the exotic Countess Olenska. The language is rich and depicts the behaviour and language of the time. To me the best line was "atmosphere of faint implications and pale delicacies".

Jul 16, 2008

Amazing book (and the film is good too). Again, Wharton shows the social pressures of the time and how they affect women, marriages and love. Old New York vs. New New York are pitted against each other as well.


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AL_SUSANW Oct 06, 2016

Scathing tale of societal pressure set in "Old New York".
Wharton at her best!


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Jul 16, 2008

"Her eyes were wet with victory."


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