The Age of Innocence Author:Edith Wharton Set in the insular upper-class society if New York City in the 1870's, The Age of Innocence tells the story of Newland Archer, a young lawyer who plans to marry the beautiful debutante May Welland. — On the eve of their engagement, he meets May's cousin, Countess Ellen Olenska, who has fled Europe and an unhappy marriage. — Ellen's charm and world... more »liness stir in Archer a longing for life beyond his restrictive upper-class existence. He cannot think of leaving May, yet he continues to pursue Ellen.
Wharton describes the customs of a vanished age "as familiarly as if she loved them and as lucidly as if she hated them."
The Age of Innocence became an immediate best-seller, and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1921. It has also been made into a major motion picture receiving multiple awards.« less