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The Age of Innocence Modern Library 100 Best Novels

The Age of Innocence Modern Library 100 Best Novels
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Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all timeNewland Archer saw little to envy in the marriages of his friends, yet he prided himself that in May Welland he had found the companion of his needs--tender and impressionable, with equal purity of mind and manners. The ...
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  • ISBN-13: 9780375753206
  • ISBN-10: 0375753206
  • Publisher: Modern Library
  • Media: Paperback
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Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all timeNewland Archer saw little to envy in the marriages of his friends, yet he prided himself that in May Welland he had found the companion of his needs--tender and impressionable, with equal purity of mind and manners. The engagement was announced discreetly, but all of New York society was soon privy to this most perfect match, a union of families and circumstances cemented by affection. Enter Countess Olenska, a woman of quick wit sharpened by experience, not afraid to flout convention and determined to find freedom in divorce. Against his judgment, Newland is drawn to the socially ostracized Ellen Olenska, who opens his eyes and has the power to make him feel. He knows that in sweet-tempered May, he can expect stability and the steadying comfort of duty. But what new worlds could he discover with Ellen Written with elegance and wry precision, Edith Whartons Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece is a tragic love story and a powerful homily about the perils of a perfect marriage. Commentary by William Lyon Phelps and E. M. Forster

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Somewhere in this book, Wharton observes that clever liars always come up with good stories to back up their fabrications, but that really clever liars dont bother to explain anything at all. This is the kind of insight that makes The Age of Innocence so indispensable. Whartons story of the upper classes of Old New York, and Newland Archers impossible love for the disgraced Countess Olenska, is a perfectly wrought book about an era when upper-class culture in this country was still a mixture of American and European extracts, and when society had rules as rigid as any in history.

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  • ISBN-13 : 9780375753206
  • ISBN-10 : 0375753206
  • Media : Paperback
  • Pages : 304
  • Status : 12 on hand
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