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Old New York: Four Novellas
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Scribner
Publication date March 1, 1995
Pages 315
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780020383147
ISBN-10 0020383142
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.75 lbs.
Original list price $16.00
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Summary
Four short novels of New York in the nineteenth century deal with infidelity, illegitimacy, the class system, and the place of women in society (view table of contents)
Amazon.com description: Product Description: The four short novels in this collection by the author of The Age of Innocence are set in the New York of the 1840s, '50s, '60s, and '70s, each one revealing the tribal codes and customs that ruled society, portrayed with the keen style that is uniquely Edith Wharton's. Originally published in 1924 and long out of print, these tales are vintage Wharton, dealing boldly with such themes as infidelity, illegitimacy, jealousy, the class system, and the condition of women in society. Included in this remarkable quartet are False Dawn, which concerns the stormy relationship between a domineering father and his son; The Old Maid, the best known of the four, in which a young woman's secret illegitimate child is adopted by her best friend -- with devastating results; The Spark, about a young man's moral rehabilitation, which is "sparked" by a chance encounter with Walt Whitman; and New Year's Day, an O. Henryesque tale of a married woman suspected of adultery. Old New York is Wharton at her finest.

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Book cover for 9780020383147 Book cover for 9780671023362
 
Reprint edition from Washington Square Pr (December 1, 1998)
9780671023362 | details & prices | 320 pages | 4.25 × 7.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.30 lbs | List price $5.99
About: Four novellas by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Age of Innocence respectively take place in New York during the 1840s, 1850s, 1860s, and 1870s, revealing the codes and customs that ruled society of the time.
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from Scribner (March 1, 1995)
9780020383147 | details & prices | 315 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $16.00
About: Four short novels of New York in the nineteenth century deal with infidelity, illegitimacy, the class system, and the place of women in society

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