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The Age of Innocence [NOOK Book]

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Edith Wharton was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, short story writer, and designer.
Newland Archer, gentleman lawyer and heir to one of New York City's best families, is happily anticipating a highly desirable marriage to the sheltered and beautiful May Welland. Yet he finds reason to doubt his choice of bride after the appearance of Countess Ellen Olenska, May's exotic, beautiful thirty-year-old cousin, who has been living in Europe. Ellen has returned to New York ...
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Overview

Edith Wharton was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, short story writer, and designer.
Newland Archer, gentleman lawyer and heir to one of New York City's best families, is happily anticipating a highly desirable marriage to the sheltered and beautiful May Welland. Yet he finds reason to doubt his choice of bride after the appearance of Countess Ellen Olenska, May's exotic, beautiful thirty-year-old cousin, who has been living in Europe. Ellen has returned to New York after scandalously separating herself (per rumor) from a bad marriage to a Polish count. At first, Ellen's arrival and its potential taint to his bride-to-be's family disturbs him, but he becomes intrigued by the worldly Ellen who flouts New York society's fastidious rules. As Newland's admiration for the countess grows, so does his doubt about marrying May, a perfect product of Old New York society; his match with May no longer seems the ideal fate he had imagined.

A Note on the Text
The Age of Innocence first appeared in four large installments in The Pictorial Review, from July to October 1920. It was published that same year in book form by D. Appleton and Company in New York and in London. Wharton made extensive stylistic, punctuation, and spelling changes and revisions between the serial and book publication, and more than thirty subsequent changes were made after the second impression of the book edition had been run off. This authoritative text is reprinted from the Library of America edition of Novels by Edith Wharton, and is based on the sixth impression of the first edition, which incorporates the last set of extensive revisions that are obviously authorial.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148818045
  • Publisher: Robin Michell
  • Publication date: 7/30/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,116,305
  • File size: 249 KB

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  • Posted August 1, 2011

    One of the greatest historical romance classics ever!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2011

    Watch out for spelling

    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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  • Posted April 18, 2011

    good table of contents

    its rare to find a nook table of contents with links to each chapter. i likey

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  • Posted December 26, 2010

    errors

    many over all errors throughout the entire book

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  • Posted December 6, 2010

    OCR Errors Galore. Don't Bother.

    Typical of Google Books, this scanned text is full of uncorrected Optical Character Recognition errors. Get a better free one or plump $1 for something readable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2010

    Not worth your time

    I had to read this book for my book club. It was horrible and not worth my time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2006

    Great book

    Very good book in my opinon. I had to read it for English class this summer and at first was wary. The beginning was a little slow, and I had to look up many of the vocabulary used. But overall, I really liked this story. My heart broke that they couldnt be together. I used they could have, but that wasnt the way it was back then I guess. I recommnd this to people who love a good romance read, even if the ending was a tad disapointing...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2002

    The Age of Innocence

    This was an outstanding novel. I would recommend everyone to read it. The way Edith wrote this novel makes you feel just as you are a part of the story line yourself. You learn how important it is to go with what your heart tells you to and don't do what society wants you to. Newland Archer learned that the hard way he did as the New York society wanted him to and not as he wanted to. He had a great life he thought until he met the woman that changed it forever. Ellen made his life more complicated than he ever thought it could be. She was a unique individual and thats what made Newland fall in love with her. Although he was to marry May , Ellens cousin. The heartbreak this story has in it is very sad and frustrating because you aren't able to tell them what to do. You just have to sit there and read about it, but you won't want to put the book down for wondering what Newland and Ellens next move will be. Poor May was so worried about what society thought that she wouldn't even admit Newland and Ellens love for each other. May was so stubborn not to realize what was going on right before her eyes. The ending of this book was the worst part about it. It doesn't happen like you would expect it to. In all it was a wonderful novel and I would read it over and over again if I could.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2002

    The best-...even if it's just my opinion

    I've read this book a while back already- but I can say, I've been looking for simular books now ever since. The vivid writing, the overall performance Warton presents is so outstanding that I wish I had a million of copies to give away with my recommendations! I also have to include, since I read this book at the age of 18 and saw a previous opinion: I think adolescents can handle it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2002

    The Age of Truth

    'The Age of Innocence' is a book that should never be given to adolescents to read. Why disillusion them so young? Only those of us who have been trapped by convention, duty, peer pressure and financial circumstances could ever fully appreciate the bittersweet conflict in Ms. Wharton¿s book. This novel asks the question, 'Is it an easier fate to live in blissful delusion as May does rather than the torment of knowing that you are deluded but powerless to do anything against it as Newland does? Unfortunately, life, for those of us who have lived it, is rarely one of choices although every endeavour is made to make us believe it is. As the character Shirley Valentine once said in the movie of the same name, 'We don¿t do what we want. We do what we have to and pretend it is what we want.' In truth, most of us are Newland Archer. Stuck between the world which we know and that which we can see flickering just beyond the stale conversations and trite responses. How galling! How cliché! How true.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2001

    The Passion of Innocence

    Edith Wharton's novel, The Age of Innocence, depicts late 19th century New York society. The novel is rich with cultural and historical references to the confining society of the 1870's. Wharton portrays the reality of this historical time: soical standing is of the utmost importance. A person's happiness is disregarded if it interferes with the well being of society. Wharton manifests this theme through the love affair between Newland Archer and Ellen Olenska. The couple cannot be together because of the social standards. Wharton's writing takes you there; you will truly feel the passion and excitement between the two lovers, as well as their anguish upon their ironic and harsh seperation. The movie, although true to Wharton's story, cannot capture the beauty of her words. An excellent novel for any reader.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2001

    So sad

    This was a very sad story. Newland, Ellen and May were all basically good people. Even though I felt sorriest for Newland, I also felt sad for Ellen and May. Ellen couldn't have the man that she loved and May got stuck with a man that she was hers physically but not emotionally. Each character eventually got what he/she wanted but not in the way that they expected. May got Newland in the end but he really didn't love her. Ellen got financial freedom from the Count but not Newland. Newland, who needed to feel 'cared for and safe' as much as Ellen, got a life with May that was safe and in which he was cared for, but he didn't get the woman that he loved. The ending broke my heart.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2001

    The Age of Innocence

    The Age of Innocence by: Edith Wharton, is set in old New York, in the early seventies. Newland Archer, a young man whose life consists of formal dances held in ballrooms, and brandy after dinner, is getting married. This is how life is for Newland before he gets married to May Welland. However, things change when a mysterious woman, Countess Ellen Olenska, returns from a long absence and meets Newland Archer. Newland¿s life is never the same after he meets this mystery woman. As the story progresses, Newland must make sacrifices for what is important in life, and consider the consequences. Throughout the story, passions of the heart are pouring through the pages. Edith Wharton creates the universal truth: that love never dies. A powerful novel about love and what you can and can¿t have in life. Edith Wharton uses dialogue to depict the universal truth. The characters are truly revealed when they are talking. Not only does the reader feel as if they are inside of the book, readers felt like they knew the characters. The feeling is so real, that the reader can easily relate, because of the use of dialogue. What they say and how they say reveal the characters. The characters¿ feelings of: passion, jealousy, happiness, and sadness. Edith Wharton conveys the true meaning of innocence: purity.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2001

    subtle and simple

    when i got hold of the novel, i thought it was just one of those that would really bore you to tears but i guess i was wrong. the theme was rather simple and the message was relayed with the subtlest effort. the reader is not lead into believing about fairytales and happy ending instead it gives us a peek of reality and the fact that it really bites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2001

    A masterpiece through and through

    This story is a great one indeed. I read it willingly, and that does say alot! The romance plot is not exaggerated, really. Most of these novels that I read I expect to be mushy and not cool at all, but this is an exception. It had well-rounded characters (which I like), and a strong central character. All in all, I recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 1999

    ouch

    i suppose highschool students speak best for other highschool students, but doesn't it hurt when they slam the books we love. it makes me wonder why we bother the poor kids with literature. they don't need it, and, probably, they'd be better off without it. they'd at least be better off discovering these books on their own when they're ready for them. i didn't like them when i was in highschool either. fortunately, i went to a bad highschool where all we had to read was what was in the text book. i, a 26 yr. old guy, first read the age of innocence a few months ago. i have often heard of people crying over novels. this is the only novel that has ever made me cry. i actually reviewed this book a couple days ago, but found i had more to say. hopefully this will be the only one to get posted, but i doubt it. i'm sorry if they both appeared.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 1999

    absolutely wonderful

    i have often heard of people crying over books. this is the only one that has ever made me cry.

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