The Folio Society, London, 2009. Hardcover. The book and slipcase are in excellent condition, with covers bound in sky-blue decorated cloth. It has an introduction by Rachel Cusk and stunning illustrations by Matthew Woodson.
This is the 1920 novel by American author Edith Wharton. It was her twelfth novel, and was initially serialised in 1920 in four parts, in the magazine Pictorial Review. Later that year, it was released as a book by D. Appleton & Company. It won the 1921 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, making Wharton the first woman to win the prize, and established Wharton as the American 'First Lady of Letters'.
The story is set in the 1870s, in upper-class, 'Gilded-Age' New York City, and is set in the time of Wharton's childhood. It is considered a softer and gentler work than The House of Mirth, which Wharton had published in 1905. In her autobiography, Wharton wrote of The Age of Innocence that it had allowed her to find "a momentary escape in going back to my childish memories of a long-vanished America..."
Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
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