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The age of innocence

Author: Edith Wharton; Cynthia Griffin Wolff
Publisher: New York : Penguin, 1996.
Series: Penguin twentieth-century classics.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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When the Countess Ellen Olenska returns from Europe, fleeing her brutish husband, her rebellious independence and passionate awareness of life stir the educated sensitivity of Newland Archer, already engaged to be married to her cousin May Welland, " that terrifying product of the social system he belonged to and believed in, the young girl who knew nothing and expected everything." As the consequent drama unfolds,  Read more...
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Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edith Wharton; Cynthia Griffin Wolff
ISBN: 9780140624397 0140624392
OCLC Number: 880335234
Description: 364 pages ; 20 cm.
Series Title: Penguin twentieth-century classics.
Responsibility: Edith Wharton ; edited with an introduction by Cynthia Griffin Wolff and notes by Laura Dluzynski Quinn.

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When the Countess Ellen Olenska returns from Europe, fleeing her brutish husband, her rebellious independence and passionate awareness of life stir the educated sensitivity of Newland Archer, already engaged to be married to her cousin May Welland, " that terrifying product of the social system he belonged to and believed in, the young girl who knew nothing and expected everything." As the consequent drama unfolds, Edith Wharton's sharp ironic wit and Jamesian mastery of form create a disturbingly accurate picture of men and women caught in a society that denies humanity while desperately defending " civilization."

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