Wharton, Edith - The Age of Innocence - ( Item 119790 )
Published in London by Folio Society. 2009. First Thus. Fine Hardback. No inscriptions or bookplates. Fine slipcase. Introduced by Rachel Cusk. Illustrated by Matthew Woodson. Bound in cloth, blocked and printed with a design by Matthew Woodson, with hand-drawn type by Stephen Raw. Set in Bembo. Approx. 336 pages; frontispiece and 8 full-page colour illustrations by Matthew Woodson. When the respectable young lawyer Newland Archer becomes engaged to the beautiful May Welland he is content to be 'placidly in love', marrying one of his own kind. For this is Old New York, where money and social conformity are paramount. Their decorous courtship, however, is interrupted by the arrival of May's cousin Ellen Olenska, fleeing her marriage to a Polish Count. Ellen seeks 'rest and oblivion' among friends, but her bohemian ways an inappropriate dress, an ill-advised visit, a dubious acquaintance do little to win her allies among society's chosen. To Newland, however, she has everything May lacks sophistication, wisdom, independence and he falls passionately in love, with tragic consequences.
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