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By Edith Wharton

The Age of Innocence is Edith Wharton's 12th novel, at the beginning serialized in 4 components within the Pictorial evaluate journal in 1920, and later published via D. Appleton and corporate as a booklet in big apple and in London. It received the 1921 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, making it the 1st novel written via a lady to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and therefore Wharton the 1st lady to win the prize.The tale is determined in upper-class ny urban within the 1870s.

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