Edith Wharton pp 131-153 | Cite as

The Age of Innocence

  • Janet Beer Goodwyn


Beginning in 1920 Wharton wrote a number of historical novels all set in the American nineteenth century. The Age of Innocence, published in that year, opens in the early 1870s; the four novellas of the Old New York series, published collectively in 1924, have the decades of their setting as sub-titles: False Dawn (The ’forties), The Old Maid, (The ’fifties), The Spark (The ’sixties), and New Year’s Day (The ’seventies); and The Buccaneers, Wharton’s last and unfinished novel, published posthumously in 1938, is also set in the early 1870s.


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Notes and References

  1. 1.
    Lewis, Edith Wharton (London: Constable, 1975), pp. 423–4.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Yvor Winters, Maule’s Curse: Seven Studies in the History of American Obscurantism (1938; rpt. in In Defense of Reason (Chicago: Swallow Press, 1947)), p. 185.Google Scholar
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    Edith Wharton, A Backward Glance (New York: 1934; rpt. London, Constable, 1972), p. 175.Google Scholar
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    James Fenimore Cooper, The Pioneers (1823; rpt. New York: New American Library, 1964), p. 43.Google Scholar
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    Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence (New York: D. Appleton, 1920), P. 66.Google Scholar
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    Edith Wharton, ‘A Little Girl’s New York’, Harper’s Magazine, clxxvi, March 1938, p. 356.Google Scholar
  7. 38.
    Edith Wharton, ‘Henry James in His Letters’, Quarterly Review, ccxxxiv (July 1920), 188–202.Google Scholar
  8. 41.
    Edith Wharton, The Old Maid (New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1924), PP. 4–5.Google Scholar
  9. 45.
    Edith Wharton, The Spark (New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1924), p. 7.Google Scholar
  10. 52.
    Edith Wharton, New Year’s Day (New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1924), p. 150.Google Scholar
  11. 56.
    Edith Wharton, False Dawn (New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1924), P. 99.Google Scholar
  12. 62.
    Edith Wharton, The Buccaneers (New York: D. Appleton-Century Co., 1938), p. 357.Google Scholar
  13. 63.
    Edith Wharton, A Motor-Flight Through France (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1908), p. 11.Google Scholar

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© Janet Patricia Beer Goodwyn 1990

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