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The Age of Innocence

The Age of Innocence

by Edith Wharton

No novel worth anything can be anything but a novel ‘with a purpose,’ and if anyone who cared for the moral issue did not see in my work that I care for it, I should have no one to blame but myself.

Edith Wharton, 1908 (Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

Works Cited

Wharton, Edith. A Backward Glance. 1934. New York: Library of America, 1990.
---. Selected Poems. Edited by Louis Auchincloss. New York: Library of America, 2005.
---. The Age of Innocence. 1920. New York: Modern Library, 1999.
---. The Writing of Fiction. 1925. New York: Touchstone, 1997.

Works Consulted

Benstock, Shari. No Gifts from Chance: A Biography of Edith Wharton. New York: Scribner's, 1994.
Colquitt, Clare, Susan Goodman, and Candace Waid, eds. A Forward Glance: New Essays on Edith Wharton. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1999.
Lee, Hermione. Edith Wharton. New York: Knopf, 2007.
Waid, Candace, ed. The Age of Innocence: Norton Critical Edition. New York: Norton, 2002.


Writer: Erika Koss for the National Endowment for the Arts; "Wharton at the Movies" by David Kipen

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