Old New York

Old New York

Four Novellas

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
Four short novels of New York in the nineteenth century deal with infidelity, illegitimacy, the class system, and the place of women in society

Simon and Schuster
The four novellas collected here, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Age of Innocence, brilliantly capture New York of the 1840s, '50s, '60s, and '70s. Originally published in 1924, this outstanding quartet includes False Dawn, about a rocky father/son relationship; The Old Maid, the best known of the four, in which a young woman's hidden illegitimate child is adoted by her best friend, with devastating results; The Spark, involving a young man and his moral rehabilitation -- "sparked" by a chance encounter with Walt Whitman; and New Year's Day, an O. Henryesque tale of a married woman suspected of adultery. Each reveals the codes and customs that ruled society of the time, drawn with the perspicacious eye and style that is uniquely Edith Wharton's.
Pocket Books' enriched Classics present the great works of world literature enhanced for the contemporary reader. This valume reprints the orginal New York Times Book Review feature on Old New York, a piece that helps fix the stories in the contemporary critical landscape. Also included are critical perspectives, suggestions for further reading, and a visual essay composed of authentic period illustrations and photographs.

Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, 2002
ISBN: 9780743451499
074345149X
Branch Call Number: PAPERBACK Classics Wha
Characteristics: xii, 308 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 18 cm

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