The Age of Innocence (Paperback)
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The Age of Innocence (Paperback)

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Paperback 368 Pages / Published: 30/05/1996
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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 ingenue, 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.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780140189704
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 269 g
Dimensions: 196 x 130 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Is it--in this world--vulgar to ask for more? To entreat a little wildness, a dark place or two in the soul?"--Katherine Mansfield

"There is no woman in American literature as fascinating as the doomed Madame Olenska. . . . Traditionally, Henry James has always been placed slightly higher up the slope of Parnassus than Edith Wharton. But now that the prejudice against the female writer is on the wane, they look to be exactly what they are: giants, equals, the tutelary and benign gods of our American literature."--Gore Vidal

"Will writers ever recover that peculiar blend of security and alertness which characterizes Mrs. Wharton and her tradition?"--E. M. Forster

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“An excellent book”

This was my first introduction to Edith Walton's writing. She described the settings (especially dinner settings and food) in such clear detail that I could visualise them. I learned much about this age and... More

Paperback edition
4th March 2011
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“just so good!”

Would it be wrong to say that Edith Wharton's writing is like Jane Austen updated? It is for me, anyway.
If you've ever read the Luxe, it's like that, but thirty years in the past, and much more... More

Paperback edition
16th March 2011
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“The Age of Innocence”

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