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The age of innocence / by Edith Wharton.

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Hagaman Memorial Library - East Haven LTE F WHARTON (Text to phone) 31953000708696 Adult Fiction Large Type Available -
Hotchkiss Library - Sharon LPE Fic Wha (Text to phone) 33660104882768 Adult Large Type Available -
Howard Whittemore Library - Naugatuck FIC WARTON, EDITH missing (Text to phone) 34027058770358 Adult Fiction Available -
Ridgefield Library LP FIC WHARTON (Text to phone) 34010071920101 Adult Fiction Large Type Available -
Seymour Public Library LP WHAR (Text to phone) 34043094357985 Adult Large Type Available -
Southbury Public Library WHARTON LP (Text to phone) 34019066714981 Adult Large Type In transit -

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Subject: Triangles (Interpersonal relations) Fiction
Separated people Fiction
Upper class Fiction
Married people Fiction
Large type books
New York (N.Y.) Fiction
Genre: Love stories.

Syndetic Solutions - Author Notes for ISBN Number 0816159157
The Age of Innocence
The Age of Innocence
by Wharton, Edith; Lewis, R. W. B. (Introduction by)
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The Age of Innocence

Edith Wharton was a woman of extreme contrasts; brought up to be a leisured aristocrat, she was also dedicated to her career as a writer. She wrote novels of manners about the old New York society from which she came, but her attitude was consistently critical. Her irony and her satiric touches, as well as her insight into human character, continue to appeal to readers today. As a child, Wharton found refuge from the demands of her mother's social world in her father's library and in making up stories. Her marriage at age 23 to Edward ("Teddy") Wharton seemed to confirm her place in the conventional role of wealthy society woman, but she became increasingly dissatisfied with the "mundanities" of her marriage and turned to writing, which drew her into an intellectual community and strengthened her sense of self. After publishing two collections of short stories, The Greater Inclination (1899) and Crucial Instances (1901), she wrote her first novel, The Valley of Decision (1902), a long, historical romance set in eighteenth-century Italy. Her next work, the immensely popular The House of Mirth (1905), was a scathing criticism of her own "frivolous" New York society and its capacity to destroy her heroine, the beautiful Lily Bart. As Wharton became more established as a successful writer, Teddy's mental health declined and their marriage deteriorated. In 1907 she left America altogether and settled in Paris, where she wrote some of her most memorable stories of harsh New England rural life---Ethan Frome (1911) and Summer (1917)---as well as The Reef (1912), which is set in France. All describe characters forced to make moral choices in which the rights of individuals are pitted against their responsibilities to others. She also completed her most biting satire, The Custom of the Country (1913), the story of Undine Spragg's climb, marriage by marriage, from a midwestern town to New York to a French chateau. During World War I, Wharton dedicated herself to the war effort and was honored by the French government for her work with Belgian refugees. After the war, the world Wharton had known was gone. Even her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Age of Innocence (1920), a story set in old New York, could not recapture the former time. Although the new age welcomed her---Wharton was both a critical and popular success, honored by Yale University and elected to The National Institute of Arts and Letters---her later novels show her struggling to come to terms with a new era. In The Writing of Fiction (1925), Wharton acknowledged her debt to her friend Henry James, whose writings share with hers the descriptions of fine distinctions within a social class and the individual's burdens of making proper moral decisions. R.W.B. Lewis's biography of Wharton, published in 1975, along with a wealth of new biographical material, inspired an extensive reevaluation of Wharton. Feminist readings and reactions to them have focused renewed attention on her as a woman and as an artist. Although many of her books have recently been reprinted, there is still no complete collected edition of her work. (Bowker Author Biography)


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