Newly engaged couple, Newland Archer, a young lawyer, and May Welland, a society debutante, are part of the old world, where the "right people" follow the "correct rules" and marry into "acceptable families." The arrival from Europe of May's cousin, the Countess Ellen Olenska, complicates their union, as Ellen's mysterious past threatens to cast a shadow of scandal over the newly betrothed couple. Will he cast off the life for which he's been groomed, or sacrifice happiness for duty and the greater good of the social order?
The Age of Innocence won the 1921 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, making Wharton the first woman to win the prize. This established Wharton as the American "First Lady of Letters". She was also nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1927, 1928 and 1930.
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This book is unabridged and appears as it was first intended. First published in 1920.
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About the Author
Born into a prosperous New York family, Edith Wharton (1862-1937) wrote more than 15 novels, including The Age of Innocence, The House of Mirth, Ethan Frome, and other esteemed books. She was distinguished for her work in the First World War and was the first woman to receive a Doctorate of Letters from Yale University. She died in France at the age of 75.
Date of Birth:January 24, 1862
Date of Death:August 11, 1937
Place of Birth:New York, New York
Place of Death:Saint-Brice-sous-Forêt, France
Education:Educated privately in New York and Europe