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The Age of Innocence By Edith Wharton, Elif Batuman (Foreword by), Sarah Blackwood (Introduction by), Laura Dluzynski Quinn (Notes by) Cover Image
By Edith Wharton, Elif Batuman (Foreword by), Sarah Blackwood (Introduction by), Laura Dluzynski Quinn (Notes by)
$11.00
ISBN: 9780140189704
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Published: Penguin Classics - March 1st, 1996

Set in New York in the 1870s, this novel revolves around a man named Archer struggling to fulfill his aristocratic responsibilities while he falls secretly in love with a woman, Ellen, whom society does not accept. Ellen represents the opposite of the life others want for him - she is bold and experienced while his fiance is meek and innocent; she seeks legal independence while his family looks down on unmarried women; and she hears his longing for newness and free-thinking while others around him push him toward sameness and tradition.The novel builds toward his ultimate decision, with an ending either happy or tragic depending on your own values. This novel is a line in the sand, showing you as either in solidarity with Archer's heart, or with his friends' and family's sense of propriety. Which do you believe yourself to be? You may be surprised.


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