The Age of Innocence

Review of The Age of Innocence by Edith WhartonBy PAUL D. MILLERWhy does Newland Archer walk away? That is the parting question of this powerful story. This novel is a fascinating and minute observation of broken relationships, the power of convention, and the tempting pull of vain dreams. It is almost mournful and yearning in posing, but not answering, troubling questions.The book traces the story of Newland Archer, who pursues but never consummates an affair with Ellen Olenska; in … [Read more...]