The Age of Innocence

By Edith Wharton; Cynthia G. Wolff (Editor); Cynthia Griffin Wolff (Introduction by)
Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780140189704, 368pp.

Publication Date: March 1996

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Description
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.



About the Author
Edith Wharton (1862-1937) was raised in New York City in a socially prominent family. She wrote the novels The Age of Innocence, Ethan Frome, Old New York, The Old Maid, and The House of Mirth.



Edith Wharton was the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize, for The Age of Innocence". Born in 1862 into one of New York's older and richer families, she was educated here and abroad. Her works include Ethan Frome", The Reef", The Custom of the Country", The Glimpses of the Moon", and Roman Fever and Other Stories". As a keen observer and chronicler of society, she is without peer. Edith Wharton died in France in 1937.
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