The Age of Innocence

By Edith Wharton

The Age of Innocence is Edith Wharton's 12th novel, in the beginning serialized in 4 elements within the Pictorial overview journal in 1920, and later published by means of D. Appleton and corporate as a booklet in ny and in London. It gained the 1921 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, making it the 1st novel written through a girl to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and hence Wharton the 1st girl to win the prize.The tale is decided in upper-class ny urban within the 1870s.

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