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The age of innocence.

Author: Edith Wharton
Publisher: New York, D. Appleton, 1921 [©1920]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A love story, this novel was written immediately after the end of the First World War. It examines the snobbery and hypocrisy of the wealthy elite of New York society in the 1870s. Newland Archer, the protagonist, charming, tactful, enlightened, is a thorough product of this society; he accepts its standards and abides by its rules but he also recognizes its limitations. His engagement to the impeccable May Welland  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Wharton, Edith, 1862-1937.
Age of innocence.
New York, D. Appleton, 1921 [©1920]
(OCoLC)551489408
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edith Wharton
OCLC Number: 1133420
Description: 364 pages

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A love story, this novel was written immediately after the end of the First World War. It examines the snobbery and hypocrisy of the wealthy elite of New York society in the 1870s. Newland Archer, the protagonist, charming, tactful, enlightened, is a thorough product of this society; he accepts its standards and abides by its rules but he also recognizes its limitations. His engagement to the impeccable May Welland assures him of a safe and conventional future, until the arrival of May's cousin Ellen Olenska. Independent, free-thinking, scandalously separated from her husband, Ellen forces Archer to question the values and assumptions of his narrow world. As their love for each other grows, Archer has to decide where his ultimate loyalty lies.--Publisher's description.

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