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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.

—. The Age of Innocence. 1920. New York: Modern Library, 1999.

—. The Writing of Fiction. 1925. New York: Touchstone, 1997.


Writers: Erika Koss and Sarah Bainter Cunningham for the National Endowment for the Arts

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