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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)


The Mount, Edith Wharton's Estate and Gardens

Yale University's Edith Wharton Collection
This collection at Yale University includes manuscripts and photographs reflecting the life and literary career of Edith Wharton.

Printed Resources

Works of Edith Wharton
Auchincloss, Louis, ed. Edith Wharton: Selected Poems. New York: Library of America, 2005.

Wharton, Edith. The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton, New York: Scribner's, 1973.

——. Edith Wharton: The Collected Stories. 2 vols. New York: Library of America, 2001.

Wright, Sarah Bird, ed. Edith Wharton Abroad: Selected Travel Writings, 1888-1920. New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 1995.

Works about Wharton

Benstock, Shari. No Gifts from Chance: A Biography of Edith Wharton. New York: Scribner's, 1994.

Lee, Hermione. Edith Wharton. New York: Knopf, 2007.

Lewis, R.W. B., Edith Wharton: A Biography. New York: Harper & Row, 1975.

Lewis, R.W. B. and Nancy Lewis, eds. The Letters of Edith Wharton. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1975.

Waid, Candace, ed. The Age of Innocence: Norton Critical Edition. New York: Norton, 2002.

Wolff, Cynthia Griffin. A Feast of Words: The Triumph of Edith Wharton. 1977. New York: Perseus Books, 1994.

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