The Age of Innocence (Penguin English Library)

ISBN: 9780241652688
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Publisher,Penguin Classics UK
Publication Date,
Format, Paperback
Weight, 252 g
No. of Pages, 336

A moving portrayal of the struggle between desire and duty in nineteenth-century New York high 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.

 

About the Author

Edith Wharton was born into a wealthy New York family in 1862, during the American Civil War. She married at twenty-three, and subsequently divided her time between homes in New York, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The House of Mirth, perhaps her most famous work, appeared in 1905, and was followed by Ethan FromeThe Custom of the CountrySummer and The Age of Innocence. Wharton was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. She died in 1937.
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.1 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm

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