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THE AGE OF INNOCENCE

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THE AGE OF INNOCENCE

by Wharton, Edith

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ISBN 13
9780375753206
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Modern Library Classics, 5th printing, (biographical note & Louis Auchincloss intro ©1998; "One of the Modern Library's Hundred Best Novels of the Twentieth Century"), vg+ [list price: $9.95]

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Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence is set in upper-class New York City in the 1870s, during the so-called Gilded Age. The novel, which takes its title from artist Joshua Reynolds’ 1785 painting of a little girl, focuses on impending marriage of an upper-class couple: Newland Archer, a distinguished lawyer, and the shy, but lovely May Welland. Enter the bride's cousin, Ellen Olenska, plagued by a scandalous separation from her European husband, a Polish count. The presence of Ellen, a classic femme fatale, threatens the happiness of Newland and May. However, May’s determination must not be undermined as she proceeds to use everything in her power to ensure her marriage to Newland. Though the novel questions the assumptions and morals of the Gilded Age, it never explicitly condemns the era.  …And perhaps it should have. The Age of Innocence won the 1921 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, making Wharton the first woman to win the prize; however, upon being awarded the honor, the novel was praised as “best present[ing] the wholesome atmosphere of American life and the highest standard of American manners and manhood.” Many claimed that even Wharton was taken aback when reviewers failed to see the irony of the title and her social criticism of 1870s New York society.  Of the many film, television, and theatrical adaptations of The Age of Innocence, perhaps most notable is the 1993 film of the same name, directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Michelle Pfeiffer as Countess Ellen Olenska, Daniel Day-Lewis as Newland Archer, and Winona Ryder as May Welland Archer. The film won an Oscar for costume design and Ryder was not only nominated for an Oscar, but won a Golden Globe Award for her portrayal of May Welland Archer.  The Age of Innocence is ranked 58th on Modern Library’s “100 Best” English-language novels of the 20th century and 45th on The Guardian’s list of the 100 best novels.

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Bookseller Inventory #
Biblio6651
Title
THE AGE OF INNOCENCE
Author
Wharton, Edith
Format/binding
Trade paperback
Book condition
Used - Very Good+
Quantity available
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Edition
5th printing
Binding
Paperback
ISBN 10
0375753206
ISBN 13
9780375753206
Publisher
Modern Library
Place of Publication
New York
This edition first published
1999-03-02

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