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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (53,995 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edith Wharton Narrator: Susie Bernei Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Set in the 1870s, Edith Wharton examines the American elite culture on the East Coast. Newland Archer is a lawyer and heir to one of New York City’s most prominent families. He is arranged to be married to May Welland. Newland is pleased with the prospect, until he meets Countess Ellen Olenska, May’s older cousin. Suddenly, Newland begins to doubt his arranged marriage and society’s shallow rules as his attraction to Ellen increases.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “There is no woman in American literature as fascinating as the doomed Madame Olenska.”

    Gore Vidal

  • “Will writers ever recover that peculiar blend of security and alertness which characterizes Mrs. Wharton and her tradition?”

    E. M. Forester

  • “Wharton’s characters leap out from the pages and…become very real. You know their hearts, souls, and yearnings and the price they pay for those yearnings.”

    San Francisco Examiner

  • Winnner of the 1921 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Blake Charlton | 2/20/2014

    " elegant, incisive prose that lays out a subtle and invocation tale of conformity, passion, and privilege. the characters are complex, wonderfully drawn. the first novel written by a woman to win the pulitzer prize. the american jazz age interpreting the gilded age. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by kyle | 2/20/2014

    " While finding myself consistently compelled to read on, I kept asking myself how relevant Wharton's tale of privileged New Yorkers of the 1870s and their social constraints was to me now in 2013? So many of her characters' concerns come off as trivial. But as the novel progressed and especially at its powerful concluding chapter, I realized that this is more than a depiction of dated conventions. Archer realizes that despite his enormous privilege, he cannot in fact have everything he desires in his life. He must choose. As a 30 year old I found myself with sympathy to his plight. Though only awarded 4 stars what I'm really curious is how much this tale will haunt me in a month, a year, 10 years. Time will tell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jshea | 2/19/2014

    " Slow start but worth sticking it out. Amazed at how much of the author's social commentary still applies today. Btw if anyone readin "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brett | 2/17/2014

    " Most of the time I was reading this I was comparing it to Main Street, which I really enjoyed...which was of course the book it beat out for the Pulitzer that year (1921). Both social satires. Maybe because of the precipitous social status of the characters in Age of Innocence, I didn't connect as well as I did to main street. The prose was flawless though - really well written tale of "the one that got away." You always feel bad for the character that plays it safe and does what's expected rather than what his heart tells him...because almost everyone has done that at least once in their life and regretted it. The ending of A.o.I. was perfect - really brought it all together. That being said - Main Street should've won the award. "

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