The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Published in 1920 and set in the 1870s, The Age of Innocence centers on the impending marriage of upper-class New Yorker Newland Archer to the sheltered and beautiful May Welland. When May's exotic and glamorous cousin Ellen returns to New York after a disastrous marriage to a Polish count, Newland finds himself growing attracted to Ellen and disenchanted with the rigidity of New York society. Edith Wharton's 12th novel was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1921.
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