- AR Level8.8
- AR Quiz Number10826
- AR Quiz Points19
- AuthorEdith Wharton
- Page Count336
- PublisherPenguin Publishing Group
- Year Published2008
- Grade Level12
- Type of BookFiction
- SubjectClassic fiction (pre c 1945)
Fiction & related items
- Afterword ByJudith Saunders
- IntroductionRegina Barreca
- ImprintSignet Classics
Edith Wharton s masterpiece brings to life the grandeur and hypocrisy of a gilded age. Set among the very rich in 1870s New York, it tells the story of Newland Archer, a young lawyer engaged to marry virginal socialite May Welland, when he meets her cousin, Countess Ellen Olenska, a woman unbound by convention and surrounded by scandal. As all three are drawn into a love triangle filled with sensuality, subtlety, and betrayal, Archer faces a harrowing choice between happiness and the social code that has ruled his life. The resulting tale of thwarted love is filled with irony and surprise, struggle and acceptance. Recipient of the first Pulitzer Prize for fiction ever awarded to a woman, this great novel paints a timeless portrait of society still unmatched in American literature an arbitrary, capricious social elite that professes inviolable standards but readily abandons them for greed and desire."
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