The Age of Innocence: A Novel of Ironic Nostaglia
Concise guides to world literature classics, Twayne's Masterwork Studies are written with the general reader and senior high school and undergraduate students in mind. The Masterwork Study is the essential first-step critique.-- Clear, conversational language-- Illuminates the central themes and concepts of the work-- Chronology of the author's life and times-- Essay on the historical context of the work-- Overview of the work's critical reception"Suitable not only for students but also for general readers inspired to reread the classics". -- Booklist"A welcome addition to the ranks of major readings". -- ChoiceThis detailed discussion of Edith Wharton's well-known novel of manners shows how The Age of Innocence satirically and tragically comments on the restrictive social mores and the position of women in nineteenth-century American society. Wagner-Martin traces the book's critical reception, comments on its importance, and provides extended analyses of the novel's major characters.