By Edith Wharton
The Age of Innocence is Edith Wharton's 12th novel, before everything serialized in 4 elements within the Pictorial overview journal in 1920, and later published by way of D. Appleton and corporate as a e-book in big apple and in London. It gained the 1921 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, making it the 1st novel written via a girl to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and therefore Wharton the 1st lady to win the prize.The tale is decided in upper-class manhattan urban within the 1870s.
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