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The Age of Innocence (Oxford World's Classics)

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The Age of Innocence (Oxford World's Classics)

by Edith Wharton

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ISBN 10
0192806629
ISBN 13
9780192806628
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265 pp. As new condition. Only defect is slight minor scratches on the back cover.

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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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Grampy's Bookcase US (US)
Bookseller’s Inventory #
bc2300504
Title
The Age of Innocence (Oxford World's Classics)
Author
Edith Wharton
Book condition
second hand - Near Fine
Quantity available
1
Binding
Paperback
ISBN 10
0192806629
ISBN 13
9780192806628
Publisher
Oxford University Press, USA
Place of Publication
Cary, North Carolina, U.s.a.
Date Published
February 3, 2006
Keywords
Early 20th century American literature

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