CliffsNotes on Wharton's The Age of Innocence

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Overview

Get the most from great literature with CliffsNotes, the original study guides.

Written exclusively by experienced teachers and educators, CliffsNotes are the resource of choice for today’s students. These user-friendly guides make studying a snap – with visual icons flagging key themes, literary devices, and more.

Inside you’ll find valuable insights on Wharton’s The Age of Innocence, including:

  • Brief overall synopsis
  • Chapter-by-chapter summaries
  • Clear explanations and analysis
  • Character map–who’s who at a glance
  • Character analysis (Newland Archer, May Welland Archer, Countess Ellen Olenska, Mrs. Manson Mingott)
  • Concise discussion of major themes
  • Special essay on the book’s themes, including personal freedom, values, and social codes
  • Review Q&As and quote IDs
  • Essay questions and practice projects
  • Glossaries of key words and terms
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764537134
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/9/2003
  • Series: Cliffs Notes Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 709,481
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

SUSAN VAN KIRK holds a B.A. from Knox College and an M.Ed. from University of Illinois. She has taught English for 30 years in Monmouth, Illinois.

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Table of Contents

Life and Background of the Author.

Formative Years.

Marriage and Depression.

Passions, Artistic Friends, and Travel.

The War and Later Years.

Introduction to the Novel.

Introduction to the Novel.

Brief Synopsis.

List of Characters.

Character Map.

Critical Commentaries.

Book 1.

Chapter I.

Chapters II–III.

Chapters IV–VI.

Chapters VII–VIII.

Chapters IX–XI.

Chapters XII–XIII.

Chapters XIV–XV.

Chapters XVI–XVII.

Chapter XVIII.

Book 2.

Chapters XIX–XX.

Chapters XXI–XXIV.

Chapters XXV–XXVI.

Chapters XXVII–XXX.

Chapters XXXI–XXXIII.

Chapter XXXIV.

Character Analyses.

Newland Archer.

May Welland Archer.

Countess Ellen Olenska.

Mrs. Manson Mingott.

Critical Essay.

Themes in The Age of Innocence.

CliffsNotes Review.

CliffsNotes Resource Center.

Index.

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