The Age of Innocence: A Norton Critical Edition / Edition 1

The Age of Innocence: A Norton Critical Edition / Edition 1

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by Edith Wharton
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0393967948

ISBN-13: 9780393967944

Pub. Date: 12/28/2002

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

The text of Wharton’s richly allusive Pulitzer Prize–winning 1921 novel of desire and its implications in Old New York has been rigorously annotated by a prominent Wharton scholar.
"Contexts" constructs the historical foundation for this very historical novel. Many documents are included on the "New York Four Hundred," elite social gatherings, archery

Overview

The text of Wharton’s richly allusive Pulitzer Prize–winning 1921 novel of desire and its implications in Old New York has been rigorously annotated by a prominent Wharton scholar.
"Contexts" constructs the historical foundation for this very historical novel. Many documents are included on the "New York Four Hundred," elite social gatherings, archery (the sport for upper-crust daughters), as well as Wharton’s manuscript outlines, letters, and related writings.
"Criticism" collects eleven American and British contemporary reviews and nine major essays on The Age of Innocence, including a groundbreaking piece on the two film adaptations of the novel.
“A Chronology and Selected Bibliography” are also included.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393967944
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
12/28/2002
Series:
Norton Critical Editions Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
544
Sales rank:
323,352
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction

The Text of The Age of Innocence:

Backgrounds and Contexts

LETTERS
To Rutger B. Jewett, January 5, 1920
To Bernard Berenson, December 12, 1920
To Sinclair Lewis, August 6, 1921
To Mary Cadwalader Jones, April 11, 1927
To Mary Cadwalader Jones, February 17, 1921

AUTOBIOGRAPHY AND BIOGRAPHY
Candace Waid * [Biographical Note on Edith Wharton]
Edith Wharton * A Little Girl’s New York
Edith Wharton * From A Backward Glance
[The Background]
[Little Girl]
R.W.B. Lewis * From Edith Wharton: A Biography
[Entry into Society]
[A Broken Engagement]
[Marriage and Sexual Ignorance]

SOURCES
Literary Sources
Honoré de Balzac * From Contes drôlatiques
• Innocence
• The Danger of Being Too Innocent

Edith Wharton * The Valley of Childish Things, and Other Emblems
Edith Wharton * The New Frenchwoman

Time and Money: Economic Contexts and the Shifting Narratives of Ethnic Power
The Source for the Beaufort Scandal
The Panic: Excitement in Wall Street * New York Times, September 19, 1873
The Financial Crisis: More Failures Yesterday * New York Times, September 20, 1873
Panics * The Nation, September 25, 1873

The Business of Society: Contemporary Commentary on the New York Aristocracy
"Secrets of Ball Giving": A Chat with Ward McAllister
Recipes for Roman Punch
M.E.W. Sherwood * From Manners and Social Usages
• How He Came to be a Famous Ball Organizer—Reminiscences of Cotillion Dinners
• Beginning His Experiment at Newport
• Objects of the Patriarch’s Society
• Duplicate Invitations Presented
• Society’s Limits Narrowing
• Famous Dinners of Recent Years
• The Etiquette of Balls
• Fashionable Dancing
• On Serving Roman Punch

Francis W. Crowninshield * From Manners for the Metropolis: An Entrance Key to the
Fantastic Life of the 400
Mrs. Burton Harrison * The Myth of the Four Hundred

Leisure: High and Low
James Maurice Thompson * The Long Bow
W. Gurney Benham * [The Living Waxworks]
Kate Greenaway * From Language of Flowers
John H. Young * The Language of Flowers
Divorce and Marriage in New York * The New York Tribune, October 7, 1883

Criticism

REVIEWS: AMERICAN AND BRITISH
Katharine Perry * Were the Seventies Sinless?
William Lyon Phelps * As Mrs. Wharton Sees Us
Henry Seidel Canby * Our America
Carl Van Doren * An Elder America
R. D. Townshend * The Book Table: Devoted to Books and Their Makers, Novels Not
for a Day
Mrs. Wharton’s Novel of Old New York
Vernon L. Parrington, Jr. * Our Literary Aristocrat
The Age of Innocence
The Innocence of New York
Katherine Mansfield * Family Portraits
Frederick Watson * The Assurance of Art

MODERN CRITICISM
Julia Ehrhardt * "The Read These Pages Is to Live Again": The Historical Accuracy of
The Age of Innocence
Jennifer Rae Greeson * Wharton’s Manuscript Outlines for The Age of Innocence: Three Versions
Cynthia Griffin Wolff * The Age of Innocence as Bildungsroman
Elizabeth Ammons * Cool Diana and the Blood-Red Muse: Edith Wharton on Innocence and Art
Nancy Bentley * [Realism, Relativism, and the Discipline of Manners]
Anne MacMaster * Wharton, Race, and The Age of Innocence: Three Historical
Contexts
Dale M. Bauer * [Whiteness and the Power of Darkness in The Age of Innocence]
Brian T. Edwards * The Well-Built Wall of Culture: Old New York and Its Harems
Brigitte Peuker * Scorsese’s Age of Innocence: Adaptation and Intermediality

Edith Wharton: A Chronology

Selected Bibliography

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i have often heard of people crying over books. this is the only one that has ever made me cry.
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risuena More than 1 year ago
This was beautifully written, drew you into that time period, old New York, and made you feel the cultural and social pressures of that time. I love how this was seen through the guy's perspective, how Newland had to choose between what he wanted versus what was expected of him. The subtley of gestures and what was not said revealed more, expressed the underlying messages and meanings. The realism of these characters and their situation like May and Newland's conversation at the end, brilliantly represent an age in our history. For all these reasons, I think this book is wonderful. Pride and Prejudice does not compare, though probably more entertaining, but not as well written or multi-layered. This book takes the cake!
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Lisa Wolfe More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful story and a classic however this free copy was terrible many many words spelled incorrectly and symbols added inappropriately made for very difficult reading try to find another copy
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