The Age of Innocence (Evergreens) (Paperback)
The intelligent and charming Newland Archer – a member of one of New York's most prominent families – is living the life that has always been expected of him: he is a successful lawyer engaged to the beautiful and well-connected May Welland. However, with the arrival of May's cousin, the free-spirited and unconventional Countess Ellen Olenska, doubts begin to grow in Newland's mind. As the bond between them grows, Newland comes increasingly to question all that had once seemed so simple.
An extraordinarily well-observed dissection of New York's high society in the 1870s – the world Edith Wharton grew up in – The Age of Innocence shines a critical light on the social mores and values of the old order.
About the Author
Edith Wharton (1862-1937) was one of America's greatest writers. The author of more than forty books, including The Age of Innocence, Wharton was the first woman awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Yale University, and full membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Wharton was the principal designer of her 1902 country home The Mount in Lenox, Mass. The Mount's elegant house and gardens reflect the neoclassical design principles that she espoused in her works The Decoration of Houses and Italian Villas and Their Gardens.
“There is no woman in American literature as fascinating as… Madame Olenska.” —Gore Vidal