The Age of InnocenceBook - 1968
In the highest circle of New York social life during the 1870s, Newland Archer, a young lawyer, prepares to marry the docile May Welland. But before their engagement is announced, he meets the mysterious, nonconformist Countess Ellen Olenska, May's cousin, who has returned to New York after a long absence. Ellen mirrors his own sense of disillusionment with society and the "good marriage" he is about to embark upon and provokes a moral struggle within him as he continues to go through the motions. A social commentary of surprising compassion and insight, The age of innocence toes the line between the comedy of manners and the tragedy of thwarted love
Publisher: New York, Scribner 
Branch Call Number: FIC Whar
Characteristics: xiv, 361 p. 22 cm
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AL_SUSANW Oct 06, 2016
Scathing tale of societal pressure set in "Old New York".
Wharton at her best!
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