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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (303 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edith Wharton Narrator: Grace Conlin Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This spare, mesmerizing novel is Edith Wharton’s money-can’t-buy-happiness tale. Young Stephen Glennard is poor, but he has an unanticipated gambling chip: a collection of love letters from a scorned but now famous lover, the distinguished novelist Margaret Aubyn. To raise money for his forthcoming wedding to another woman, Stephen stoops to selling the letters. His decision brings him wealth and admission to society, but a mystery contained in the missives comes back to haunt him, and it may take a madness of guilt to remind Stephen that he does, after all, have a conscience.

Betrayal, greed, and consequences faced make this sly, masterful story a deft social and psychological portrait to stand with Wharton’s best.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A very unsual and brillant short novel in which a singular situation is worked out with that searching accuracy and psychological detail which characterized Mrs. Wharton’s short stories.”

    Dial, (Feb. 16th, 1900)

  • The Touchstone is without doubt expertly written, and it contains a number of the beautifully articulated insights into the ambiguities of the moral life at which Edith Wharton was becoming a master.” 

    R. W. B. Lewis, biographer

  • “A forgotten Edith Wharton gem.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jennifer Munro | 2/11/2014

    " Fantastic plot, long chewy sentences, surprisingly happy ending, published in 1900 and stands the test of time. "Genius is of small use to a woman who does not know how to do her hair." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Karlan | 1/14/2014

    " Wharton's novella captures the psychological problems of a young man who should be happy but who destroys his own chances. Owning a Nook has led me to read more books which I missed when young. This return to authors from the past may be an unforeseen consequence of the E reader. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Faye | 12/29/2013

    " One of the best novellas ever written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Tammy | 12/26/2013

    " This is the first book by Edith Wharton that I did not love. "

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