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The Age of Innocence (Oxford World's Classics)

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The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton's most famous novel, is a love story, written immediately after the end of the First World War. Its brilliant anatomization of the snobbery and hypocrisy of the wealthy elite of New York society in the 1870s made it an instant classic, and it won the Pulitzer Prize in 1921. Newland Archer, Wharton's protagonist, charming, tactful, enlightened, is a thorough product of this society; he accepts its standards and abides by its rules but he also recognizes its limitations. His engagement to the impeccable May Welland assures him of a safe and conventional future, until the arrival of May's cousin Ellen Olenska. Independent, free-thinking, scandalously separated from her husband, Ellen forces Archer to question the values and assumptions of his narrow world. As their love for each other grows, Archer has to decide where his ultimate loyalty lies.

Stephen Orgel's introduction and notes set the novel in the context of the period and discusses Wharton's skilfull weaving of characters and plot, her anthropological exactitude, and the novel's autobiographical overtones.

Synopsis:

- Presents important and scholarly criticism on major works from The Odyssey through modern literature

- The critical essays reflect a variety of schools of criticism

- Contains notes on the contributing critics, a chronology of the author's life, and an index

- Introductory essay by Harold Bloom

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About the Editor:

John Gross, a writer for The New York Times, is the author of The Rise and Fall of the Man of Letters.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780192806628
Editor:
Orgel, Stephen
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Editor:
Orgel, Stephen
Author:
null, Stephen
Author:
Wharton, Edith
Author:
Orgel, Stephen
Author:
null, Edith
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Marriage
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Literature - Classics
Subject:
Upper class
Subject:
Literature/English | American Literature | 20th C
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Oxford World's Classics
Publication Date:
20060309
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
278
Dimensions:
5.000 x 7.700 in 0.469 lb
Age Level:
14-14

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"Synopsis" by , - Presents important and scholarly criticism on major works from The Odyssey through modern literature

- The critical essays reflect a variety of schools of criticism

- Contains notes on the contributing critics, a chronology of the author's life, and an index

- Introductory essay by Harold Bloom

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