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ISBN-10: 014018970X
ISBN-13: 9780140189704
Publisher: Penguin Group
Publish Date: 03/01/1996
Dimensions: 7.79" L, 5.11" W, 0.69" H

The Age of Innocence (Revised)

Foreword by: Elif Batuman
Introduction by: Sarah Blackwood
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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"Wharton is not generally viewed as one of literature's great optimists, and yet, by the last chapter of The Age of Innocence, people are a little less hypocritical, a little more willing to see and accept the world. ... A larger life and more tolerant views that's the greatest promise the novel holds out to us, and it's as necessary now as it was when Edith Wharton put it into words."
–Elif Batuman, author of The Idiot, from the foreword

"Will writers ever recover that peculiar blend of security and alertness which characterizes Mrs. Wharton and her tradition?"
–E. M. Forster

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ISBN-10: 014018970X
ISBN-13: 9780140189704
Publisher: Penguin Group
Publish Date: 03/01/1996
Dimensions: 7.79" L, 5.11" W, 0.69" H
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