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The Age of Innocence
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Pulitzer Prize-winning American writer and designer Edith Wharton (1862-1937) is the author of The House of Mirth, The Age of Innocence, Ethan Frome, The Decoration of Houses, and many other books. Candance Waid is Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she teaches American literature with a focus on race and regional cultures. She is the author of Edith Wharton's Letters from the Underworld: Fictions of Women and Writing and is the editor of Wharton's novels, short stories, and autobiography. She previously taught at Yale University and at the Sorbonne.

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Gr 10 Up-By Edith Wharton. This tragi-comedy won the 1921 Pulitzer Prize.

Candace Waid's authoritative edition of The Age of Innocence is accompanied by a collection of exceptionally illuminating biographical, critical, and historical texts. In particular, her richly researched assemblage of period comments on 'old New York' (including an astonishing recipe for 'Roman Punch' and some sardonic analyses of 'Manners for the Metropolis') wonderfully captures the often nearly lunatic ferocity of the society in which Wharton's great novel is so brilliantly set. --Sandra M. Gilbert, University of California, Davis"
Candace Waid's Norton Critical Edition of The Age of Innocence is a work of deep scholarship and sensitive attention to the interests of contemporary readers. It will be the indispensable guide for readers of Wharton's novel, brought to new life in this imposing edition. Professor Waid has reconstructed the cultural setting of the novel with amazingly abundant detail. The reach and pertinence of its historical sections, the selection of exciting new criticism and scholarship, and the editor's own learned, cogent, and engaging notes to the text itself all combine to make this volume a rousingly significant contribution to Wharton studies and to Gilded Age scholarship in general. --Alan Trachtenberg, Neil Gray Professor Emeritus of English and American Studies, Yale University"

A handful of Wharton's standards get the "Everyman's Library" upgrade. These are more expensive than paperback alternatives but still reasonably priced, and the hardcover quality is worth the extra bucks if you can afford it. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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