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Winner of the 1921 Pulitzer Prize, The Age of Innocence is Edith Whartonâs masterful portrait of desire and betrayal during the sumptuous Golden Age of Old New York, a time when society people Âdreaded scandal more than disease.â
This is Newland Archerâs world as he prepares to marry the beautiful but conventional May Welland. But when the mysterious Countess Ellen Olenska returns to New York after a disastrous marriage, Archer falls deeply in love with her. Torn between duty and passion, Archer struggles to make a decision that will either courageously define his lifeÂor mercilessly destroy it.
Maureen Howard is a critic, teacher, and writer of fiction. Her seven novels include Bridgeport Bus, Natural History, and A Loverâs Almanac. Her memoir, Facts of Life, won the National Book Criticsâ Circle Award. She has taught at Yale and Columbia University.
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