- Series: Tor Classics
- Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Tor Classics; Unabridged edition (March 15, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812567102
- ISBN-13: 978-0812567106
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 600 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,748,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Somewhere in this book, Wharton observes that clever liars always come up with good stories to back up their fabrications, but that really clever liars don't bother to explain anything at all. This is the kind of insight that makes The Age of Innocence so indispensable. Wharton's story of the upper classes of Old New York, and Newland Archer's impossible love for the disgraced Countess Olenska, is a perfectly wrought book about an era when upper-class culture in this country was still a mixture of American and European extracts, and when "society" had rules as rigid as any in history.
"Is it--in this world--vulgar to ask for more? To entreat a little wildness, a dark place or two in the soul?"--Katherine Mansfield
"There is no woman in American literature as fascinating as the doomed Madame Olenska. . . . Traditionally, Henry James has always been placed slightly higher up the slope of Parnassus than Edith Wharton. But now that the prejudice against the female writer is on the wane, they look to be exactly what they are: giants, equals, the tutelary and benign gods of our American literature."--Gore Vidal
"Will writers ever recover that peculiar blend of security and alertness which characterizes Mrs. Wharton and her tradition?"--E. M. Forster