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The Age of Innocence
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1920 First edition, first printing. Finely bound in full red morocco by Bayntun-Riviere, with five raised bands to the spine, lettered in gilt, decorated and ruled in gilt, all edges gilt, gilt turn-ins, red marbled endpapers, original cloth bound in at rear. About fine, with a hint of toning to the otherwise fresh pages. Garrison A30.I.aI. Originally published serially in the Pictorial Review in 1920, The Age of Innocence is Wharton's twelfth novel. It tells the story of Newland Archer and his fiancé May Welland as they prepare for their upcoming marriage, a joyous occasion that is threatened by the appearance of the bride's dramatic cousin Countess Ellen Olenska. Like many of Wharton's novels, The Age of Innocence features the upper-class society of New York City in the 19th century. Although she moved to Paris in 1913 and spent much of the remainder of her life in France, Wharton notably continued to write about New York City and its social elite and drew much inspiration from her own childhood experiences living on Washington Square Park. Interestingly, Wharton revives some of this novel's characters, including Mrs. (Catherine) Manson Mingott, Sillerton Jackson, Mrs. Lemuel Struthers and Henry van der Luyden, in her 1924 set of novellas Old New York. Notably, The Age of Innocence won the 1921 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, making it the first book by a female author to win the prestigious award.. 1st Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine.
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