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Published: 15 December 2008

278 Pages

5-1/4 x 7-3/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199540013

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The Age of Innocence

Edith Wharton
Edited by Stephen Orgel

Oxford World's Classics

  • The Age of Innocence is a love story, and a minute dissection of old New York society in the 1870s. Its brilliant anatomization of the snobbery and hypocrisy of this wealthy elite made it an instant classic, and it won the Pulitzer Prize in 1921.
  • 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.
  • The novel is perhaps Wharton's best-known book following Martin Scorsese's 1993 film version, starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Michelle Pfeiffer