The Age of Innocence

Edith Wharton

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The Age of Innocence is a book by American novelist Edith Wharton, first published in 1920. The book was initially serialised in the Pictorial Review, and was the winner of the 1921 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. With themes of wealth and social class, new money and old money, the book is set in New York in the 1870's, and follows the story of Newland Archer, heir to one of New York City's most well respected families. Archer is all set to marry the beautiful but sheltered May Welland. However, his attention is caught by May's more outgoing and exotic cousin, Countess Ellen Olenska. Eventually he does marry May but struggles with his continuing feelings for Ellen.

The Pulitzer was originally going to go to Sinclair Lewis for his novel Main Street, but the judges rejected the book on political grounds - making Wharton the first women to win the prize. The Age of Innocence has been adapted for film, television, and stage performances.

№ 45 in The Guardian's 100 Best Novels Written In English.

The 1921 Novel winner in the Pulitzer Prize list.

This book has 102,148 words, 184 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1920.

Production notes: This ebook of The Age of Innocence was published by Global Grey on the 11th May 2018, and updated on the 10th October 2022. The artwork used for the cover is 'Lois Sturt' by Ambrose McEvoy.

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