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The Age of Innocence.

by Wharton, Edith

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New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1920. First edition of the author's Pulitzer-Prize winning novel. Octavo, original red cloth. In very good with some light toning to the spine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. "There are only three or four American novelists who can be thought of as major," noted Gore Vidal, "and Edith Wharton is one." Listed on Modern Library's 100 greatest novels of the twentieth century. It is the basis for the 1993 Martin Scorsese film, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder, and Miriam Margolyes.

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Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence is set in upper-class New York City in the 1870s, during the so-called Gilded Age. The novel, which takes its title from artist Joshua Reynolds’ 1785 painting of a little girl, focuses on impending marriage of an upper-class couple: Newland Archer, a distinguished lawyer, and the shy, but lovely May Welland. Enter the bride's cousin, Ellen Olenska, plagued by a scandalous separation from her European husband, a Polish count. The presence of Ellen, a classic femme fatale, threatens the happiness of Newland and May. However, May’s determination must not be undermined as she proceeds to use everything in her power to ensure her marriage to Newland. Though the novel questions the assumptions and morals of the Gilded Age, it never explicitly condemns the era.  …And perhaps it should have. The Age of Innocence won the 1921 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, making Wharton the first woman to win the prize; however, upon being awarded the honor, the novel was praised as “best present[ing] the wholesome atmosphere of American life and the highest standard of American manners and manhood.” Many claimed that even Wharton was taken aback when reviewers failed to see the irony of the title and her social criticism of 1870s New York society.  Of the many film, television, and theatrical adaptations of The Age of Innocence, perhaps most notable is the 1993 film of the same name, directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Michelle Pfeiffer as Countess Ellen Olenska, Daniel Day-Lewis as Newland Archer, and Winona Ryder as May Welland Archer. The film won an Oscar for costume design and Ryder was not only nominated for an Oscar, but won a Golden Globe Award for her portrayal of May Welland Archer.  The Age of Innocence is ranked 58th on Modern Library’s “100 Best” English-language novels of the 20th century and 45th on The Guardian’s list of the 100 best novels.

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Bookseller
Raptis Rare Books US (US)
Bookseller's Inventory #
92355
Title
The Age of Innocence.
Author
Wharton, Edith
Book condition
Used
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
D. Appleton and Company
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
1920
Keywords
age of innocence, Age of Innocence First Edition, Edith Wharton, first edition

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octavo
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clamshell box
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spine
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First Edition
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Cloth
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morocco
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