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Edith Wharton
Kessinger Publishing, LLC (September 10, 2010)
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BOOK I. I. "Unexpected obstacle. They hadfound each other again, a few days later, in an old country house fullof books and pictures, in the soft landscape of southern England.

BOOK I. The presence of a large party, with all its aimless and s, had served only to isolate the pair and give them (atleast to the young man's fancy) a deeper feeling of communion, and theirdays there had.

The reef refers to the emotional deep blue sea characters experience within themselves and the polite society in 1912.

She was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Price doing so in 1920 for her masterpiece The Age of Innocence. She was wealthy but had a barren and unhappy marriage though she did have lovers. The reef refers to the emotional deep blue sea characters experience within themselves and the polite society in 1912.

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Wharton drew upon her insider's knowledge of the upper class New York "aristocracy" to realistically portray the lives and morals of the Gilded Age. She was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 1921. She was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1996.

She wrote novels of manners about the old New York society from which she came, but her attitude was consistently critical. Her irony and her satiric touches, as well as her insight into human character, continue to appeal to readers today. As a child, Wharton found refuge from the demands of her mother's social world in her father's library and in making up stories.

I’m not sure George ever had a chance at a fair shake.

In this novel, as in many of Wharton’s other well known novels, we see the eternal love triangle.

George Darrow, Anna Leath’s first love, is finally coming from London to propose to her. However, he drifts to an affair with Sophy Viner, Anna’s daughter’s naïve and young governess. Sophy’s relationship with Darrow and Anna’s family can threaten his success. In this novel, as in many of Wharton’s other well known novels, we see the eternal love triangle. With her sly and lovely writing style, Wharton delivers to us in this wonderful novel a cast of unforgettable characters and many unforgettable scenes which we can vividly imagine

She was educated by private tutors and governesses at home and in Europe, where the family resided.

This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.
  • Hellstaff
Little-known work with a squirrelly ending. Nevertheless, like all of Edith Wharton's work, it was engaging from beginning to end. My take was that it was an exploration of the consequences of premarital sex in the late Gilded Age. Though the references to sexual relations were oblique, to say the least, I think Wharton got the point across that she was talking about "knowing "someone in a biblical sense. However, she couldn't make up her mind about what moral lesson she was trying to convey. She might've run herself into a rat hole and not been able to decide herself. And some of the ideas in the book were highly conventional and annoying, but true to the spirit of the age. For example, Wharton placed far less emphasis on the loss of the woman's virtue because she was not an upper-class woman anyway. Instead she concentrated on the social consequences for a man who engages in premarital relations with a woman from a lower social order and the effect it may have on a prospective upper class bride if it becomes known to her. But in the end, it seems that Wharton couldn't work out what she thought the consequences should be. She seems to be leaning towards saying that an upper-class woman might accept the past sexual dalliances of her future husband, but it would negatively affect the quality of their marriage forever, especially if the dalliance occurred no long before the betrothal. Actually, the consequences might be the same today.

Wharton was a specially brave for taking on this topic during her time. She's a great writer with a lot to say and the stories she uses to make her points are always special.
  • Mightdragon
The large size and normal print take some getting used to but I have found books in this format to be very handy to slip into a back pack for travel.
  • Kakashkaliandiia
Enchanting and engrossing story telling. Effortless perspective changes. Vivid descriptions of mood and place. Great read.
  • I_LOVE_228
As always, Wharton is excellent. She is playing with themes already introduced in The House of Mirth but to a far different end. The concluding chapter is unexpected and a bit curious.
  • Malann
This was a beautiful read. Perhaps the most similar in style of all Wharton's books to works by Henry James, this psychological exploration of human sexual relationships and their consequences is arresting, thought-provoking and fascinating. I highly recommend this book to disciplined readers.
  • Arcanescar
Very well written. Timeless. You can read it several times over the years and it always has been discoveries. Edith Wharton's finest.
  • Akelevar
Ethan Fromme was my first read, and I've been hooked since then on her works. I have all her books now.
This is a very strange format for an Edith Wharton novel--no publication date, no biographical information, many typographical errors. In addition, the cover has nothing to do with the novel.

The novel itself is not up to Wharaton's standards with a very strange ending that seems almost as though it was tacked on at the last minute.