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The Age of Innocence Winner Of The 1921 Pulitzer Prize, The Age Of Innocence Is Edith Wharton S Masterful Portrait Of Desire And Betrayal During The Sumptuous Golden Age Of Old New York, A Time When Society People Dreaded Scandal Than Disease This Is Newland Archer S 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 Life Or Mercilessly Destroy It.

  • Paperback
  • 305 pages
  • The Age of Innocence
  • Edith Wharton
  • English
  • 19 April 2018
  • 159308143X

About the Author: Edith Wharton

Edith Newbold Jones was born into such wealth and privilege that her family inspired the phrase keeping up with the Joneses The youngest of three children, Edith spent her early years touring Europe with her parents and, upon the family s return to the United States, enjoyed a privileged childhood in New York and Newport, Rhode Island Edith s creativity and talent soon became obvious By the a Edith Newbold Jones was born into such wealth and privilege that her family inspired the phrase keeping up with the Joneses The youngest of three children, Edith spent her early years touring Europe with her parents and, upon the family s return to the United States, enjoyed a privileged childhood in New York and Newport, Rhode Island Edith s creativity and talent soon became obvious By the age of eighteen she had written a novella, as well as witty reviews of it and published poetry in the Atlantic Monthly.After a failed engagement, Edith married a wealthy sportsman, Edward Wharton Despite similar backgrounds and a shared taste for travel, the marriage was not a success Many of Wharton s novels chronicle unhappy marriages, in which the demands of love and vocation often conflict with the expectations of society Wharton s first major novel, The House of Mirth, published in 1905, enjoyed considerable literary success Ethan Frome appeared six years later, solidifying Wharton s reputation as an important novelist Often in the company of her close friend, Henry James, Wharton mingled with some of the most famous writers and artists of the day, including F Scott Fitzgerald, Andr Gide, Sinclair Lewis, Jean Cocteau, and Jack London.In 1913 Edith divorced Edward She lived mostly in France for the remainder of her life When World War I broke out, she organized hostels for refugees, worked as a fund raiser, and wrote for American publications from battlefield frontlines She was awarded the French Legion of Honor for her courage and distinguished work The Age of Innocence, a novel about New York in the 1870s, earned Wharton the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1921 the first time the award had been bestowed upon a woman Wharton traveled throughout Europe to encourage young authors She also continued to write, lying in her bed every morning, as she had always done, dropping each newly penned page on the floor to be collected and arranged when she was finished Wharton suffered a stroke and died on August 11, 1937 She is buried in the American Cemetery in Versailles, FranceBarnesandnoble.com



10 thoughts on “The Age of Innocence

  1. says:

    We can t behave like people in novels, though, can we A few years ago, I read The Age of Innocence and thought it was okay It has something of an Austen esque feel criticisms of middle upper middle class society, paired with a subtle and clever humour and a love story here deliciously scandalous But it s taken me a few years to come back to this novel and appreciate the magic Wharton has brought to the table.This little book is so clever Everything about it from the damn title to neaWe can t behave like people in novels, though, can we A few years ago, I read The Age of In...

  2. says:

    Part of why I love The Age of Innocence so much is for the very reason my students hate it the subtlety of action in a society constrained by its own ridiculous rules and s In Old New York, conformity is key and the upper crust go about a life of ritual that has no substance or meaning Both men and women are victims in this world as both are denied economic, intellectual, and creative outlets All the world s a stage in Wharton s New York and everyone wears a mask of society s creation S Part of why I love The Age of Innocence so much is for the very reason my students hate it the subtlety of action in a society constrained by its own ridiculous rules and s In Old New York, conformity is key and the upper crust go about a life of ritual that has no substance or meaning Both men and ...

  3. says:

    The longing was with him day and night, an incessant undefinable craving, like the sudden whim of a sick man for food or drink once tasted and long since forgotten He could not see beyond the craving, or picture what it might lead to, for he was not conscious of any wish to speak to Madame Olenska or to hear her voice He simply felt that if he could carry away the vision of the spot of earth she walked on, and the way the sky and sea enclosed it, the rest of the world might seem less empty The longing was with him day and night, an incessant undefinable craving, like the sudden whim of a sick man fo...

  4. says:

    Each time you happen to me all over again Imagine that person you love most in this world, right within your grasp, but somehow out of reach An invisible thin wall keeping you apart Apart but not away from each other Together yet not with each other This is the worst form of torture, a torture of invisible chains and soundless screams Constantly seeing each other, constantly being reminded of what cannot be Constantly falling in love yet constantly falling apart The urge, the love, the Each time you happen to me all over again Imagine that person you love most in this world, right within your grasp, but somehow out of reach An invisible thin wall keeping you apart Apart but not away from each other Together yet not with each other This is the worst form of torture, a torture of invisible chains and soundless screams Constantly seeing each other, constantly being reminded of what cannot be Constantly falling in love yet constantly falling apart The urge, the love, the longing constantly growing, engulfing you until you cannot bear to live Every part of your body numb and unaware of the realities around you Because for you, only the pain you feel is real The only truth you know is that everything is a lie Edith Wharton paints a very delicate picture that resonates elegiac waves and enraptures its readers to the v...

  5. says:

    Myself and the Pulitzer prize have previously not always seen eye to eye, but Finally, I have read one worthy of giving top marks to This golden oldie captures the wholesome atmosphere of American life and the highest standard of American manners and manhood from a bygone era, where modern ideas are resisted and tradition overcomes compassion The inhabitants of this hothouse of New York society is built on wealth, life is lavished, easy and comfortably cushioned, but this world may just as wel Myself and the Pulitzer prize have previously not always seen eye to eye, but Finally, I have read one worthy of giving top marks to This golden oldie captures the wholesome atmosphere of American life and the highest standard of American manners and manhood from a bygone era, where modern ideas are resisted and tradition overcomes compassion The inhabitants of this hothouse of New York society is built on wealth, life is lavished, easy and comfortably cushioned, but this world may just as well have been covered in a blanket of cobwebs, as the lives are so sedate and uneventfully dull, despite their opulent surroundings, they appear colourless and motionless It is ultimately a tragic tale that Wharton weaves, and yes, as with a lot of classic fiction based around love, it s told with air of melancholy because this love is one that doesn t really get off the ground For Newland Archer, the leading male character, there is an imagining of an alternative ...

  6. says:

    Appearances can be deceiving, as this superb classic novel revealsNewland Archer, has the perfect life, rich , young, and good looking, a member in excellent standing, of New York s High Society of 1871, during the Golden Age These people feel not like prisoners but brave members of a group, keeping back the barbarians at the gate Newland is engaged to a beautiful, charming girl, May Welland, also in the exclusive association, who loves him But then her mysterious cousin arrives, from Euro Appearances can be deceiving, as this superb classic novel revealsNewland Archer, has the perfect life, rich , young, and good looking, a member in excellent standing, of New York s High Society of 1871, during the Golden Age These people feel not like prisoners but brave members of a group, keeping back the barbarians at the gate Newland is engaged to a beautiful, charming girl, May Welland, also in the exclusive association, who loves him But then her mysterious cousin arrives, from Europe, Countess Ellen Olenska, married to a brute, a Polish nobleman, who repeatedly degrades her, showing contempt for their marriage, by parading lowly women, in front of the Countess...

  7. says:

    Yes indeedy, what could bejejune than another early 20th century novelist choosing as her subject the problematic relations between the sexes amongst the idle rich D H Lawrence and Henry James do the same, the first like a big dog gnawing at a bone and finding something it mistakes for God in the marrow, and the latter in his infinite cheeseparings putting the whole thing into the form of a three dimensional chess game played by sardonic French subatomic particle physicists who you suspec Yes indeedy, what could bejejune than another early 20th century novelist choosing as her subject the problematic relations between the sexes amongst the idle rich D H Lawrence and Henry James do the same, the first like a big dog gnawing at a bone and finding something it mistakes for God in the marrow, and the latter in his infinite cheeseparings putting the whole thing into the form of a three dimensional chess game played by sardonic French subatomic particle physicists who you suspect own little dogs, the kind you want to step on and squish And many other novelists great and small dance about on the same subject.Well, Edith Wharton starts off like she is trying to get at something very interesting in The Age of Innocence Here is the young man contemplating his future marriage What could he and she really know of each other, since it was his duty, as a decent fellow, to conceal his past from her, and hers, as a marriageable girl, to have no past to conceal He reviewe...

  8. says:

    Heading for a hospital stay I decided to treat myself to a pleasant historical novel with a dash of romance BIG mistake, if this is romantic take me to the nunnery.Okay, the ugliness of the story is offset by the beauty of the writing, and it is gorgeous, I d read this author again but still This isn t so much a review as an attempt to purge this pile of hooey from my subconscious 1st off the main protagonist Newland Archer is a celebration of hypocrisy A man who makes a CLEAR choice vie Heading for a hospital stay I decided to treat myself to a pleasant historical novel with a dash of romance BIG mistake, if this is romantic take me to the nunnery.Okay, the ugliness of the story is offset by the beauty of the writing, and it i...

  9. says:

    The air of ideas is the only air worth breathing Just when I think a classic unlikely to give me pause, it surprises me with relatable themes After reading Wharton s short story, The Muse s Tragedy one of the supplemental reads I ll be teaching this Fall , I knew I had to visit one of her longer forms So rewarding it was, to be wooed by elegant prose and positioning a plot that moves in practiced laps a story that could be yours, mine, theirs a setting that will always be known for botThe air of ideas is the only air worth breathing Just when I think a classic unlikely to give me pause, it surprises me with relatable themes After reading Wharton s short story, The Muse s Tragedy one of the supplemental reads I ll be teaching this Fall , I knew I had to visit one of her longer forms So rewarding it was, to be wooed by elegan...

  10. says:

    Before writing this review I decided to find out a bitabout Edith Wharton Turns out that she is actually a lotinteresting than some of her books If you turn to the Wikipedia page not exactly hardcore research, I know but I m not in a position to march off to the library and start wading through Wharton s presumably numerous biographies you ll be faced with a picture of a timid and pretty dour looking lady with two disagreeable looking Paris Hilton porta dogs plonked on her knee Before writing this review I decided to find out a bitabout Edith Wharton Turns out that she is actually a lotinteresting than some of her books If you turn to the Wikipedia page not exactly hardcore research, I know but I m not in a position to march off to the library and start wading through Wharton s presumably numerous biographies you ll be faced with a picture of a timid and pretty dour looking lady with two disagreeable looking Paris Hilton porta dogs plonked on her knee Don t let appearances fool you ladies and gentlemen, for Wharton was a regular social and creative dynamo designer, socialite, writer, Knight Chevali...

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