Skip to content

The Age of Innocence

The Age of Innocence

Click for full-size.

The Age of Innocence

by Edith Wharton

  • Used
Condition
See description
Seller
Seller rating:
This seller has earned a 5 of 5 Stars rating from Biblio customers.
Clarence, New York, United States
Item Price
€70.88
Or just €63.79 with a
Bibliophiles Club Membership
€4.73 Shipping to USA
Standard delivery: 2 to 10 days

More Shipping Options

Payment Methods Accepted

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • PayPal

About This Item

New York: Grosset & Dunlap Publishers, 1920. Early Reprint. Early reprint. Measuring approximately 7.75" x 5.25" with 364 numbered pages.

This book is in good plus condition. Moderate bumping to both ends of spine. Moderate staining to spine. Minor staining to bottom edge of textblock. Front and rear pastedowns have minor staining. Interior pages are bright and clean.

The Age of Innocence, which was set in the time of Wharton's childhood, was a softer and gentler work than The House of Mirth, which Wharton had published in 1905.

Please view the many other rare titles available for purchase at our store. We are always interested in purchasing individual or collections of fine books.

Inventory #(N11-68).

Synopsis

Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence is set in upper-class New York City in the 1870s, during the so-called Gilded Age. The novel, which takes its title from artist Joshua Reynolds’ 1785 painting of a little girl, focuses on impending marriage of an upper-class couple: Newland Archer, a distinguished lawyer, and the shy, but lovely May Welland. Enter the bride's cousin, Ellen Olenska, plagued by a scandalous separation from her European husband, a Polish count. The presence of Ellen, a classic femme fatale, threatens the happiness of Newland and May. However, May’s determination must not be undermined as she proceeds to use everything in her power to ensure her marriage to Newland. Though the novel questions the assumptions and morals of the Gilded Age, it never explicitly condemns the era.  …And perhaps it should have. The Age of Innocence won the 1921 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, making Wharton the first woman to win the prize; however, upon being awarded the honor, the novel was praised as “best present[ing] the wholesome atmosphere of American life and the highest standard of American manners and manhood.” Many claimed that even Wharton was taken aback when reviewers failed to see the irony of the title and her social criticism of 1870s New York society.  Of the many film, television, and theatrical adaptations of The Age of Innocence, perhaps most notable is the 1993 film of the same name, directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Michelle Pfeiffer as Countess Ellen Olenska, Daniel Day-Lewis as Newland Archer, and Winona Ryder as May Welland Archer. The film won an Oscar for costume design and Ryder was not only nominated for an Oscar, but won a Golden Globe Award for her portrayal of May Welland Archer.  The Age of Innocence is ranked 58th on Modern Library’s “100 Best” English-language novels of the 20th century and 45th on The Guardian’s list of the 100 best novels.

Read More: Identifying first editions of The Age of Innocence

Reviews

(Log in or Create an Account first!)

You’re rating the book as a work, not the seller or the specific copy you purchased!

Details

Bookseller
Ernestoic Books US (US)
Bookseller's Inventory #
5338
Title
The Age of Innocence
Author
Edith Wharton
Book Condition
Used
Quantity Available
1
Edition
Early Reprint
Publisher
Grosset & Dunlap Publishers
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
1920

Terms of Sale

Ernestoic Books

30 day return guarantee, with full refund including original shipping costs for up to 30 days after delivery if an item arrives misdescribed or damaged.

About the Seller

Ernestoic Books

Seller rating:
This seller has earned a 5 of 5 Stars rating from Biblio customers.
Biblio member since 2023
Clarence, New York

About Ernestoic Books

Ernestoic Books, where you can find the most sought after Modern First Editions. As our name suggests, Ernest Hemingway is our specialty and our passion. We guarantee the condition of every book we sell. Returns may be made within 14 days of receipt for any reason. We are always interested in purchasing individual or collections of fine books.

Glossary

Some terminology that may be used in this description includes:

Spine
The outer portion of a book which covers the actual binding. The spine usually faces outward when a book is placed on a shelf....
Reprint
Any printing of a book which follows the original edition. By definition, a reprint is not a first edition.
Fine
A book in fine condition exhibits no flaws. A fine condition book closely approaches As New condition, but may lack the...

This Book’s Categories

tracking-