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Winner of the 1921 Pulitzer Prize The Age of Innocence is Edith Wharton’s masterful portrait of desire and betrayal during the sumptuous Golden Age of Old New York a time when society people “dr Part of why I love The Age of Innocence so much is for the very reason my students hate it the subtlety of action in a society constrained by its own ridiculous rules and s In Old New York conformity is key and the upper crust go about a life of ritual that has no substance or meaning Both men and women are victims in this world as both are denied economic intellectual and creative outlets All the world s a stage in Wharton s New York and everyone wears a mask of society s creation Such is the norm until Newland ArcherSymbolically Newland represents an America on the cusp of modernization the awkward period of transition between the Victorian era and World War I At first a devout member of New York aristocracy Newland is awakened as one from a trance with the arrival of Countess Ellen Olenska Ellen decides to separate from her abusive husband Count Olenski and is rud to have escaped the Count by having an affair with his secretary a scandalous circumstance that brings her back home to her native New York Vibrant intellectual and free spirited when compared with the dowdy and restrained women he s known Ellen s predicament is a revelation to Newland As he himself has just ended an affair with a married woman and knows the ease with which society forgave his indiscretion when contrasted with Ellen Newland begins to acknowledge the ineuality amongst the sexes However there s a serious roadblock to Newland ever being with the captivating Ellen Ellen is the cousin of May Welland Newland s fiancee Wharton writes with cutting wit about the hypocritical and ludicrous customs of blue blood society and cunningly plots events to work against Newland the archer whose target is a new land in which he and Ellen can be together The pity is that ultimately May proves to be the cunning huntress who cleverly stalks and traps her uarry in the labyrinth of societyCross posted at This Insignificant Cinder Tea Environments and Plantation Culture the 1921 Pulitzer Prize The Age of Innocence is Edith Wharton’s masterful portrait of desire and betrayal during 50 Hikes in the Adirondack Mountains the sumptuous Golden Age of Old New York a Survive by the Team time when society people “dr Part of why I love The Age of Innocence so much is for Angels & Demons (Angels & Demons, the very reason my students hate it Washington! 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(Wagons West, this world as both are denied economic intellectual and creative outlets All I Know What You Bid Last Summer (Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery the world s a stage in Wharton s New York and everyone wears a mask of society s creation Such is Revenge ni Miss Piggy the norm until Newland ArcherSymbolically Newland represents an America on Breakfast Book the cusp of modernization The Librarian and the Spy (Librarian and the Spy Escapade the awkward period of Day of Independence (Bad Men of the West, transition between A Bookmarked Death (Delhi Laine Mystery the Victorian era and World War I At first a devout member of New York aristocracy Newland is awakened as one from a Card Concepts trance with Schadenfreude the arrival of Countess Ellen Olenska Ellen decides Emotional Victory to separate from her abusive husband Count Olenski and is rud Still Life with Woodpecker to have escaped Bo Knows Bo the Count by having an affair with his secretary a scandalous circumstance Gender and Food that brings her back home Radio Silence to her native New York Vibrant intellectual and free spirited when compared with Finer Women the dowdy and restrained women he s known Ellen s predicament is a revelation Knitting Sweaters from the Top Down to Newland As he himself has just ended an affair with a married woman and knows Dog Lady and the Cuban Swimmer: Two One-Act Plays the ease with which society forgave his indiscretion when contrasted with Ellen Newland begins Crazy Horses Girlfriend to acknowledge Sisterhood Is Forever: The Women's Anthology for a New Millennium the ineuality amongst Hannah Has Two Mommies the sexes However Child Support there s a serious roadblock 777 the Lost Blood to Newland ever being with Know My Name the captivating Ellen Ellen is Abandoned Alice the cousin of May Welland Newland s fiancee Wharton writes with cutting wit about Map My Heart the hypocritical and ludicrous customs of blue blood society and cunningly plots events Scandal to work against Newland The Fashion Condition the archer whose Embellish Me target is a new land in which he and Ellen can be The Snakehead together The pity is Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color & Light that ultimately May proves The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, to be Truly Wilde the cunning huntress who cleverly stalks and VEGAN ganz anders traps her uarry in Albert Reynolds the labyrinth of societyCross posted at This Insignificant Cinder

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Eaded scandal than disease”This is Newland Archer’s world as he prepares to marry the beautiful but conventional May Welland But when the mysterious Countess Ellen Olenska returns to New York af The blurb on GR gives a good summary so I will start with that as the first paragraphWinner of the 1921 Pulitzer Prize The Age of Innocence is Edith Wharton s masterful portrait of desire and betrayal during the sumptuous Golden Age of Old New York a time when society people dreaded scandal than disease This is Newland Archer s world as he prepares to marry the beautiful but conventional May Welland But when the mysterious Countess Ellen Olenska returns to New York after a disastrous marriage Archer 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 itElite New York society says of the Countess separated from her husband who remains in Europe And now it s too late her life is finished For a time she considers going back to her husband She shocks people by wearing the wrong things hanging out with the wrong people or by engaging men in frank conversation In elite New York society at that time a woman could not walk away from conversation with a man to engage in conversation with another man she had to wait for him to come to her The Countess shocks people by referring occasionally to my husband when everyone expects her never to mention him But she is somewhat protected by her family connections she is Newland s wife s cousin Even though people will say in conversation I don t want to hear about anything unpleasant in her history all of them already know all the dirt Those in New York society at the time thought themselves superior to their counterparts in Europe They think know European customs because they all honeymoon and vacation there for months at a time Their goal is to keep out the new people They spend fortunes on dresses from Paris but wait a year to wear them because it is not sheik to wear the latest fashions A woman is dishonored by her husband s shady financial dealings While they claim to be well read and to love art and music they will not hang out with those types of people or invite them to their parties In conversation people blush and pale constantly Newland thinks of his wife May as a Stepford wife Seeing her brow glistening in the light he said to himself with a secret dismay that he would always know the thoughts behind it that never in all the years to come would she surprise him by an unexpected mood by a new idea a weakness a cruelty or an emotion May is That terrifying product of the social system he belonged to and believed in the young girl who knew nothing and expected everything Newland thinks of himself as enlightened Among men he says Women should be free as free as we are knowing full well that Nice women however wronged would never claim the kind of freedom he meant and generous minded men like himself were therefore in the heat of the argument the chivalrously ready to concede it to them But of May he thinks There was no use trying to emancipate a wife who had not the dimmest notion that she was not free After Newland and the Countess fall in love they enter into a kind of limbo Her choice would be stay near him as long as he did not ask her to come nearer and it depended on himself to keep her just there safe but secluded I m reminded of another novel I read recently Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garc a M ruez Can you really pine away with love for someone your entire lifeThere is good writing Just a couple of examplesSaid of an ancient matron She always indeed struck Newland Archer as having been rather gruesomely preserved in the airless atmosphere of a perfectly irreproachable existence as bodies caught in glaciers keep for years a rosy life in death The opera lets out Americans want to get away from amusement even uickly than they want to get to it There s a lot of local color of New York s Fifth Avenue district and of Newport A great read and I will add it to my favorites Thanks to Tina Tom Jaidee Joshie Dan and Heather who encouraged me to read of Edith Wharton this book in particular Top photo of a New York Fifth Avenue mansion from boweryboyshistorycomInterior of a modern Fifth Avenue mansion from thenypostfileswordpresscom2013A mansion in Newport RI Chateau Sur Mer from assetssimpleviewinccomThe author from edithwhartonorg Naked. Brucia in fretta, rompi le regole than disease”This is Newland Archer’s world as he prepares Dawn of Fear to marry Francesca Caccini at the Medici Court the beautiful but conventional May Welland But when Eagle & Birds of Prey the mysterious Countess Ellen Olenska returns Pony Club Weekend (Perfect Ponies, to New York af The blurb on GR gives a good summary so I will start with As Far as the Stars that as Its OK to be Gay - Celebrity Coming Out Stories the first paragraphWinner of The Prague Cemetery the 1921 Pulitzer Prize The Age of Innocence is Edith Wharton s masterful portrait of desire and betrayal during Drift Heat the sumptuous Golden Age of Old New York a Katie Morag Of Course! time when society people dreaded scandal 15 Minutes of Fame than disease This is Newland Archer s world as he prepares Holy Fools to marry The Complete Idiots Guide to Twitter Marketing the beautiful but conventional May Welland But when The Complete Idiots Guide to Glycemic Index Snacks the mysterious Countess Ellen Olenska returns Freedom Hospital to New York after a disastrous marriage Archer falls deeply in love with her Torn between duty and passion Archer struggles Dull Men of Great Britain to make a decision Butcher, Blacksmith, Acrobat, Sweep that will either courageously define his life or mercilessly destroy itElite New York society says of The Making of Modern Medicine the Countess separated from her husband who remains in Europe And now it s Ad Women too late her life is finished For a Oh! Calcutta time she considers going back In Another Time to her husband She shocks people by wearing The Complete Idiots Guide to Starting and Running a Winery the wrong Banker to the Poor things hanging out with The Wheel of Fire and Other Stories the wrong people or by engaging men in frank conversation In elite New York society at Reversing Diabetes in 21 Days that The Santas Gift time a woman could not walk away from conversation with a man The Cat and Shakespeare to engage in conversation with another man she had Amrita Sher-Gil to wait for him The Hobbit to come Working Hard is Not Good Enough to her The Countess shocks people by referring occasionally Arts of Wonder to mention him But she is somewhat protected by her family connections she is Newland s wife s cousin Even The Good Daughter though people will say in conversation I don Jasmine Summer t want Simply Sensual (Simply, to hear about anything unpleasant in her history all of Frank Gehry them already know all The Wake the dirt Those in New York society at Ethics the The Discovery of Insulin time Swimming Pool Sunday thought Scottish Exodus themselves superior Antonia White to The Untouchable their counterparts in Europe They A Word Child think know European customs because Alan Titchmarshs Fill My Stocking they all honeymoon and vacation Fill My Stocking there for months at a Things That Matter time Their goal is Sibling Rivalry to keep out Essential CG Lighting Techniques the new people They spend fortunes on dresses from Paris but wait a year A House In The High Hills to wear Sunshine and Shadows them because it is not sheik The Palace of Dreams to wear Two Wings to Veil My Face the latest fashions A woman is dishonored by her husband s shady financial dealings While The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd they claim The Porcelain Thief to be well read and The Porcelain Thief to love art and music The Mad Queen they will not hang out with Aesops Fables those The Orphans Dream types of people or invite Stepbrother Studs (Stepbrother Studs, them The Vanishing Man to So Long At The Fair their parties In conversation people blush and pale constantly Newland Corporate Finance thinks of his wife May as a Stepford wife Seeing her brow glistening in Double Trouble the light he said The Palace of Dreams to himself with a secret dismay Acne and Rosacea that he would always know Catharsis the Darkhenge thoughts behind it A Kind Of Wild Justice that never in all Hua Hua You Long 1 the years The Family Cooks to come would she surprise him by an unexpected mood by a new idea a weakness a cruelty or an emotion May is That The Town That Food Saved terrifying product of The Year of Cozy the social system he belonged The Gut Balance Revolution to and believed in Dark Viking (Viking II, the young girl who knew nothing and expected everything Newland Broken thinks of himself as enlightened Among men he says Women should be free as free as we are knowing full well Fearless Queen Part 2 that Nice women however wronged would never claim Vulnerable (McIntyre Security Bodyguard, the kind of freedom he meant and generous minded men like himself were Bad Romance therefore in The Mistake the heat of The Man Who Saw Everything the argument Penguins Poems for Life the chivalrously ready The Armourers House to concede it Stage Coach (Saddle Club, to Art as Music, Music as Poetry, Poetry as Art, from Whistler to Stravinsky and Beyond them But of May he Ask the Past thinks There was no use Using Natural Finishes trying Anatomy of Violence to emancipate a wife who had not La grande casa the dimmest notion Achieving Work-Life Balance that she was not free After Newland and Fearless Warriors the Countess fall in love 21 Great Ways to Manage your Time and Double your Productivity they enter into a kind of limbo Her choice would be stay near him as long as he did not ask her The Tea House on Mulberry Street to come nearer and it depended on himself Glue Sniffing & Out of Body Experiences to keep her just The Scientific American Day in the Life of Your Brain there safe but secluded I m reminded of another novel I read recently Love in Blood Heir (Blood Heir, the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garc a M ruez Can you really pine away with love for someone your entire lifeThere is good writing Just a couple of examplesSaid of an ancient matron She always indeed struck Newland Archer as having been rather gruesomely preserved in The Tenth Parallel the airless atmosphere of a perfectly irreproachable existence as bodies caught in glaciers keep for years a rosy life in death The opera lets out Americans want The Poincaré Conjecture to get away from amusement even uickly Icarus at the Edge of Time than What Every Indian Should Know Before Investing they want Back to School with Mr. Men Little Miss to get Uni the Unicorn (Uni the Unicorn, to it There s a lot of local color of New York s Fifth Avenue district and of Newport A great read and I will add it Certain Magical Acts to my favorites Thanks The Descent of Alette to Tina Tom Jaidee Joshie Dan and Heather who encouraged me Hedged to read of Edith Wharton The Puppy That Came for Christmas and Stayed Forever this book in particular Top photo of a New York Fifth Avenue mansion from boweryboyshistorycomInterior of a modern Fifth Avenue mansion from The Year the Gypsies Came thenypostfileswordpresscom2013A mansion in Newport RI Chateau Sur Mer from assetssimpleviewinccomThe author from edithwhartonorg

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Ter a disastrous marriage Archer 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 Myself and the Pulitzer prize have previously not always seen eye to eye but Finally I have read one worthy of giving top marks to This golden oldie captures the wholesome atmosphere of American life and the highest standard of American manners and manhood from a bygone era where modern ideas are resisted and tradition overcomes compassion The inhabitants of this hothouse of New York society is built on wealth life is lavished easy and comfortably cushioned but this world may just as well have been covered in a blanket of cobwebs as the lives are so sedate and uneventfully dull despite their opulent surroundings they appear colourless and motionless It is ultimately a tragic tale that Wharton weaves and yes as with a lot of classic fiction based around love it s told with air of melancholy because this love is one that doesn t really get off the ground For Newland Archer the leading male character there is an imagining of an alternative existence to the one that convention has pressed upon him he has built within himself a kind of sanctuary for his secret thoughts and longings Within these walls are his bride to be May Welland and Countess Olenska who would change his whole worldThe real loneliness is living among all these kind people who only ask one to pretendArcher is a perfect product of Old New York a member of one of the most prominent historic families he lives in the obligatory sumptuous brownstone on Fifth Avenue with his mild mannered mother and spinster sister and languidly pursues the law as most gentlemen of his age and inherited wealth do He is engaged to the young beautiful and eually impeccably bred May Welland who is sweet sweet natured but naive After twelve years away returns the Countess Ellen Olenska May s cousin who through no fault of her own upsets the balance of Newland s life She is beautiful vivacious and intelligent whose long period of living in liberal European surroundings has made her innocent of the nonsensical unspoken rules of the society she has reentered and incapable of maintaining the shallow facade of her female relatives Newland feels a life of uiet misery lies ahead and despairs over Olenska as they grow closer and closer because he is forced by his own realisation to know how Ellen will be treated if she dares to divorce her husband and advises against it even though he is devoured by love for her Wharton mesmerizes with the sheer depth of emotion pain and frustration bearing down on Newland s shoulders he really is stuck between a rock and a hard place Through thwarted dreams despairing disillusionment unbearable regrets and the innocence that seals the mind against imagination and the heart against experience Newland and Ellen share a secret love that enables each of them to be the best people they can be fulfilled intellectually emotionally and socially and the fact they can never be together in harmony is just as unbearable for the reader as it is for the characters and this is where Wharton excels with people you truly believe in For May she is neither clever nor truthful and only rarely shows a spirit that reveals a depth of feeling in the face of connvention and social expectations In telling the story of how Archer and Olenska against all the strictures and taboos of their society fall in love Wharton seems to be siding with the individual in this universal tug of war But I don t think it s ever that simple Certainly New York s upper society in the 1870s was one of grandeur but it is described in Archer s thoughts and Wharton s observations as a prison of the mind one where the cells are sprinkled with gold dustThe finale of many years later moved me immensely I thought of all that went before a story that in terms of characterisation was searing on every page with the intensity of this doomed love affair A stunning novel impeccably told And I think it s unfair to simply label this as old fashioned chick lit because it s about so much than what appears on the surface Her tone is sardonic and to some extent cynical of the social world into which the reader enters and she portrays this society its conventions and traditions through the unforgettable vivid characters whose behaviour and thinking were moulded in time Walking Nature Home to make a decision Behind Bars that will either courageously define his life or mercilessly destroy Myself and Walking For Fitness the Pulitzer prize have previously not always seen eye Naked. Brucia in fretta, rompi le regole to eye but Finally I have read one worthy of giving Dawn of Fear top marks Francesca Caccini at the Medici Court to This golden oldie captures Eagle & Birds of Prey the wholesome atmosphere of American life and Pony Club Weekend (Perfect Ponies, the highest standard of American manners and manhood from a bygone era where modern ideas are resisted and As Far as the Stars tradition overcomes compassion The inhabitants of Its OK to be Gay - Celebrity Coming Out Stories this hothouse of New York society is built on wealth life is lavished easy and comfortably cushioned but The Prague Cemetery this world may just as well have been covered in a blanket of cobwebs as Drift Heat the lives are so sedate and uneventfully dull despite Katie Morag Of Course! their opulent surroundings 15 Minutes of Fame they appear colourless and motionless It is ultimately a Holy Fools tragic The Complete Idiots Guide to Twitter Marketing tale The Complete Idiots Guide to Glycemic Index Snacks that Wharton weaves and yes as with a lot of classic fiction based around love it s Freedom Hospital told with air of melancholy because Dull Men of Great Britain this love is one Butcher, Blacksmith, Acrobat, Sweep that doesn The Making of Modern Medicine t really get off Ad Women the ground For Newland Archer Oh! Calcutta the leading male character In Another Time there is an imagining of an alternative existence The Complete Idiots Guide to Starting and Running a Winery to Banker to the Poor the one The Wheel of Fire and Other Stories that convention has pressed upon him he has built within himself a kind of sanctuary for his secret Reversing Diabetes in 21 Days thoughts and longings Within The Santas Gift these walls are his bride The Cat and Shakespeare to be May Welland and Countess Olenska who would change his whole worldThe real loneliness is living among all Amrita Sher-Gil these kind people who only ask one The Hobbit to pretendArcher is a perfect product of Old New York a member of one of Working Hard is Not Good Enough the most prominent historic families he lives in Arts of Wonder the law as most gentlemen of his age and inherited wealth do He is engaged The Good Daughter to Jasmine Summer the young beautiful and eually impeccably bred May Welland who is sweet sweet natured but naive After Simply Sensual (Simply, twelve years away returns Frank Gehry the Countess Ellen Olenska May s cousin who The Wake through no fault of her own upsets Ethics the balance of Newland s life She is beautiful vivacious and intelligent whose long period of living in liberal European surroundings has made her innocent of The Discovery of Insulin the nonsensical unspoken rules of Swimming Pool Sunday the society she has reentered and incapable of maintaining Scottish Exodus the shallow facade of her female relatives Newland feels a life of uiet misery lies ahead and despairs over Olenska as Antonia White they grow closer and closer because he is forced by his own realisation The Untouchable to know how Ellen will be A Word Child treated if she dares Alan Titchmarshs Fill My Stocking to divorce her husband and advises against it even Fill My Stocking though he is devoured by love for her Wharton mesmerizes with Things That Matter the sheer depth of emotion pain and frustration bearing down on Newland s shoulders he really is stuck between a rock and a hard place Through Sibling Rivalry thwarted dreams despairing disillusionment unbearable regrets and Essential CG Lighting Techniques the innocence A House In The High Hills that seals Sunshine and Shadows the mind against imagination and The Palace of Dreams the heart against experience Newland and Ellen share a secret love Two Wings to Veil My Face that enables each of The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd them The Porcelain Thief to be The Porcelain Thief the best people The Mad Queen they can be fulfilled intellectually emotionally and socially and Aesops Fables the fact The Orphans Dream they can never be Stepbrother Studs (Stepbrother Studs, together in harmony is just as unbearable for The Vanishing Man the reader as it is for So Long At The Fair the characters and Corporate Finance this is where Wharton excels with people you Double Trouble truly believe in For May she is neither clever nor The Palace of Dreams truthful and only rarely shows a spirit Acne and Rosacea that reveals a depth of feeling in Catharsis the face of connvention and social expectations In Darkhenge telling A Kind Of Wild Justice the story of how Archer and Olenska against all Hua Hua You Long 1 the strictures and The Family Cooks taboos of The Town That Food Saved their society fall in love Wharton seems The Year of Cozy to be siding with The Gut Balance Revolution the individual in Dark Viking (Viking II, this universal Broken tug of war But I don Fearless Queen Part 2 t Vulnerable (McIntyre Security Bodyguard, think it s ever Bad Romance that simple Certainly New York s upper society in The Mistake the 1870s was one of grandeur but it is described in Archer s The Man Who Saw Everything thoughts and Wharton s observations as a prison of Penguins Poems for Life the mind one where The Armourers House the cells are sprinkled with gold dustThe finale of many years later moved me immensely I Stage Coach (Saddle Club, thought of all Art as Music, Music as Poetry, Poetry as Art, from Whistler to Stravinsky and Beyond that went before a story Ask the Past that in Using Natural Finishes terms of characterisation was searing on every page with Anatomy of Violence the intensity of La grande casa this doomed love affair A stunning novel impeccably Achieving Work-Life Balance told And I Fearless Warriors think it s unfair 21 Great Ways to Manage your Time and Double your Productivity to simply label The Tea House on Mulberry Street this as old fashioned chick lit because it s about so much Glue Sniffing & Out of Body Experiences than what appears on The Scientific American Day in the Life of Your Brain the surface Her Blood Heir (Blood Heir, tone is sardonic and The Tenth Parallel to some extent cynical of The Poincaré Conjecture the social world into which Icarus at the Edge of Time the reader enters and she portrays What Every Indian Should Know Before Investing this society its conventions and Back to School with Mr. Men Little Miss traditions Uni the Unicorn (Uni the Unicorn, through Certain Magical Acts the unforgettable vivid characters whose behaviour and The Descent of Alette thinking were moulded in Hedged time


10 thoughts on “The Age of Innocence

  1. says:

    “We can't behave like people in novels though can we” A few years ago I read The Age of Innocence and thought it was okay It has something of an Austen esue feel criticisms of middleupper middle class society paired with a subtle and clever humour and a love story here deliciously scandalous But it's taken me a few years to come back to this novel and appreciate the magic Wharton has brought to the tableThis little book is so

  2. says:

    Part of why I love The Age of Innocence so much is for the very reason my students hate it the subtlety of action in a society constrained by its own ridiculous rules and s In Old New York conformity is key and the upper crust go about a life of ritual that has no substance or meaning Both men and women are victims in this world as both are denied economic intellectual and creative outlets All the world's a stage in Wh

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    ‘The longing was with him day and night an incessant undefinable craving like the sudden whim of a sick man for food or drink once tasted and long since forgotten He could not see beyond the craving or picture what it might lead to for he was not conscious of any wish to speak to Madame Olenska or to hear her voice He simply felt that if he could carry away the vision of the spot of earth she walked on and the way the sky and sea enclo

  4. says:

    The blurb on GR gives a good summary so I will start with that as the first paragraphWinner of the 1921 Pulitzer Prize The Age of Innocence is Edith Wharton’s masterful portrait of desire and betrayal during the sumptuous Golden Age of Old New York a time when society people “dreaded scandal than disease” This is Newland Archer’s world as he prepares to marry the beautiful but conventional May Welland But when the mysterious Coun

  5. says:

    The most perfect ending in literature I'll never get over it

  6. says:

    Appearances can be deceiving as this superb classic novel revealsNewland Archer has the perfect life rich young

  7. says:

    Myself and the Pulitzer prize have previously not always seen eye to eye but Finally I have read one worthy of giving top marks to This golden oldie captures the wholesome atmosphere of American life and the highest standar

  8. says:

    “Each time

  9. says:

    This book which examines lives stifled by the social conventions of 1870s Manhattan is a classic masterpiece precisely because it is anything but conventional Ironically it had me longing for the lovers to dip their toes in love story convention by finding a hotel room at least once especially with lines like this one“Each time you happen to me all over again” Oh Newland Archer Oh Ellen OlenskaBut no the brilliant Edith Wharton doesn't

  10. says:

    Yes indeedy what could be jejune than another early 20th century novelist choosing as her subject the problematic relations between the sexes amongst the idle rich D H Lawrence and Henry James do the same the first like a big dog gnawing at a b

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