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The Age of Innocence
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Bantam Classic & Loveswept
Publication date January 1, 1996
Binding Paperback
Edition Reissue
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780553214505
ISBN-10 0553214500
Dimensions 0.75 by 4.25 by 7 in.
Weight 0.35 lbs.
Original list price $5.95
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Engaged to marry socialite May Welland, Newland Archer meets Countess Ellen Olenska, a woman unbound by convention and surrounded by scandal, and is forced to decide between happiness and the social code that has ruled his life. Reissue.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Edith Wharton’s masterpiece brings to life the grandeur and hypocrisy of a gilded age. Set among the very rich in 1870s New York, it tells the story of Newland Archer, a young lawyer engaged to marry virginal socialite May Welland, when he meets her cousin, Countess Ellen Olenska, a woman unbound by convention and surrounded by scandal. As all three are drawn into a love triangle filled with sensuality, subtlety, and betrayal, Archer faces a harrowing choice between happiness and the social code that has ruled his life. The resulting tale of thwarted love is filled with irony and surprise, struggle and acceptance. Recipient of the first Pulitzer Prize for fiction ever awarded to a woman, this great novel paints a timeless portrait of “society” still unmatched in American literature—an arbitrary, capricious social elite that professes inviolable standards but readily abandons them for greed and desire.

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