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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: Barbara Carus Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Newland Archer is a young lawyer and a member of New York’s high society in the late nineteenth century, engaged to be married to May Welland. Countess Ellen Olenska is May’s cousin who wants a divorce from the Polish nobleman she married. Intelligent and beautiful, she comes back to New York, where she tries to fit into the high society life she had before her marriage. Her family and former friends, however, are shocked by the idea of divorce within their social circle, and she finds herself snubbed by her own class. Ellen and Newland fall in love and must choose between passion and conventions. This deeply moving drama has been a favorite of both critics and general readers for many years. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

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

    E. M. Forster

  • “Is it—in this world—vulgar to ask for more? To entreat a little wildness, a dark place or two in the soul?”

    Katherine Mansfield

  • “There is no woman in American literature as fascinating as the doomed Madame Olenska…Traditionally, Henry James has always been placed slightly higher up the slope of Parnassus than Edith Wharton. But now that the prejudice against the female writer is on the wane, they look to be exactly what they are: giants, equals, the tutelary and benign gods of our American literature.”

    Gore Vidal

  • “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

  • “Indispensable…A perfectly wrought book about an era when upper-class culture in this country was still a mixture of American and European extracts, and when ‘society’ had rules as rigid as any in history.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • Winner of the 1921Pulitzer Prize

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Wendy | 2/13/2014

    " What a beautiful writing style, and what an insight into New York society. I loved the complexity of all the characters, especially the thoroughly misunderstood little wife. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jacque Hodges (Carter) | 2/9/2014

    " I really like Wharton's sense of humor. She had me laughing out loud at times. Of course, I neglected to bookmark anything and will have to find some quotes to post later. I think, in many ways, we still live in a Victorian society where we should not step out of bounds and conform to our "station" in life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Tracy | 2/8/2014

    " Its a book, too much attention to minor detail, not enough dialog or focus. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sarah Makki | 2/1/2014

    " one of the best, loved it "

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