The Age of Innocence

Lionel Shriver (Introduction by); Edith Wharton

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A masterful portrait of desire and betrayal that takes place during the sumptuous Gilded Age, The Age of Innocence questions the morals and assumptions of elite 1870s New York society when "scandal was more dreaded than disease." Newland Archer, gentleman lawyer and heir to one of New York City's best families, is happily anticipating a highly desirable marriage to the beautiful but conventional May Welland--until May's exotic European cousin, Countess Ellen Olenska returns to New York society. Scandalously separated from her husband, the countess bears an independence and awareness of life which stirs the educated sensitivity of the charming Newland Archer, and he falls deeply in love with her. Torn between duty and passion, Archer struggles to make a decision that will either courageously define his life--or mercilessly destroy it.

ISBN: 9780099511281
Publication Date: 07-Feb-2008
Publisher: Penguin Random House