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The Age of Innocence

The Age of Innocence

Author: Edith Wharton

Year Published: 1920

Description: Edith Wharton’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Age of Innocence tells the story of Newland Archer, a New York attorney who, while preparing to marry a beautiful but predictable woman, falls deeply in love with an enigmatic divorcee who has just returned from overseas following her marriage’s demise.  Against the backdrop of his anguishing decision, the novel shines a light on the constraints placed on the upper classes in the early 20th century by an expectation of conformity and the shifts in cultural mores that would soon have a profound effect on American society.

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'The taste of the usual was like cinders in his mouth, and there were moments when he felt as if he were being buried alive under his future.'

The Age of Innocence


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