EarthScaper Book Reviews | The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

Oh, The Age of Innocence; I love this novel! Winner of the 1921 Pulitzer Prize- making Edith Wharton the first woman to win the prize. Set in upper class society in New York City during the 1870s, a time when people “dreaded scandal more than disease”. Newland, a lawyer, is engaged to May, who is beautiful, charming, and offers stability. While Newland dutifully respects May, he is overcome with an ever growing love and passion for Countess Ellen, a mysterious and rebellious woman with her own charms, who is going through a divorce. Hence, a love triangle ensues. Personally, I adore the 1993 film version of this entrancing classic as well.