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The Reef
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Scribner
Publication date July 1, 1996
Pages 334
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780684824444
ISBN-10 0684824442
Dimensions 1 by 6 by 8 in.
Weight 0.75 lbs.
Original list price $20.99
Summaries and Reviews
George Darrow, a young diplomat, travels to France with the intention of proposing to Anna Leath, a wealthy widow, but along the way finds himself attracted to Sophy Viner, a naive young woman, who turns out to be governess to Anna Leath's child description: Product Description: "I put most of myself into that opus," Edith Wharton said of The Reef, possibly her most autobiographical novel. Published in 1912, it was, Bernard Berenson told Henry Adams, "better than any previous work excepting Ethan Frome."
A challenge to the moral climate of the day, The Reef follows the fancies of George Darrow, a young diplomat en route from London to France, intent on proposing to the widowed Anna Leath. Unsettled by Anna's reticence, Darrow drifts into an affair with Sophy Viner, a charmingly naive and impecunious young woman whose relations with Darrow and Anna's family threaten his prospects for success.
For its dramatic construction and acute insight into social mores and the multifaceted problem of sexuality, The Reef stands as one of Edith Wharton's most daring works of fiction.

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