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A portrait of desire and betrayal in Old New York. In the highest circle of New York social life during the 1870's, Newland Archer, a young lawyer, prepares to marry the docile May Welland. Before their engagement is announced, he meets May's cousin, the mysterious, nonconformist Countess Ellen Olenska, who has returned to New York after a long absence.
Subject: Triangles (Interpersonal relations) > Fiction.
Manners and customs > Fiction.
Man-woman relationships > New York (State) > New York > Fiction.
Upper class > New York (State) > New York > Fiction.
Marriage > New York (State) > New York > Fiction.
United States > Social life and customs > 19th century > Fiction.
Genre: Love stories.
Historical fiction.

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