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The Age of Innocence

by Edith Wharton  (1920)

Edith Wharton's portrayals of upper-class New Yorkers were unrivaled. The Age of Innocence, for which Wharton won the Pulitzer Prize in 1920, is one of her most memorable novels.
At the heart of the story are three people whose entangled lives are deeply affected by the tyrannical and rigid requirements of high society. Newland Archer, a restrained young attorney, is engaged to the lovely May Welland but falls in love with May's beautiful and unconventional cousin, Countess Ellen Olenska. Despite his fear of a dull marriage to May, Archer goes through with the ceremony — persuaded by his own sense of honor, family, and societal pressures. He continues to see Ellen after the marriage, but his dreams of living a passionate life ultimately cease.
The novel's lucid and penetrating prose style, vivid characterization, and its rendering of the social history of an era have long made it a favorite with readers and critics alike.

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—19th Century Classics—
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen  (1813)
Emma
Jane Austen  (1815)
Frankenstein
by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1831)
A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens (1843)
Jane Eyre
Charlotte Brontë (1847)
David Copperfield
by Charles Dickens (1850)
Hard Times
by Charles Dickens (1854)
Madame Bovary
by Gustave Flaubert (1856)
A Tale of Two Cities
Charles Dickens (1859)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll  (1865)
Crime and Punishment
Fyodor Dostoyevsky  (1866)
The Gambler
Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1867)
Little Women
Louisa May Alcott(1868)
War and Peace
Leo Tolstoy  (1869)
The Way We Live Now
by Anthony Trollope (1875)
Anna Karenina
Leo Tolstoy  (1877)
Three Men in a Boat
by Jerome K. Jerome  (1889)
Dorian Gray
by Oscar Wilde (1890)
The Woman in White
by Wilkie Collins (1889-1890)
Dracula
by Bram Stoker (1897)
The Turn of the Screw
Henry James  (1898)
The Awakening
Kate Chopin  (1899)
—20th Century Classics—
White Fang
by Jack London (1906)
Howards End
by E.M. Forster (1910)
Demian
Hermann Hesse  (1919)
Winesburg, Ohio
by Sherwood Anderson (1919)
The Red House Mystery
by A.A. Milne (1922)
An American Tragedy
by Theodore Dreiser (1925)
The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald  (1925)
The Sun Also Rises
Ernest Hemingway  (1926)
A Farewell to Arms
by Ernest Hemingway (1929)
All Quiet on the Western Front
Erich Maria Remarque (1929)
Brave New World
Aldous Huxley  (1932)
Tender Is the Night
F. Scott Fitzgerald  (1934)
It Can't Happen Here
Sinclair Lewis  (1935)
In Dubious Battle
by John Steinbeck (1936)
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Ernest Hemingway  (1940)
Animal Farm
George Orwell  (1945)
1984
George Orwell  (1949)
The Catcher in The Rye
J.D. Salinger  (1951)
The Old Man and the Sea
Ernest Hemingway
  (1952)
Fahrenheit 451
by Ray Bradbury (1953)
Lord of the Flies
William Golding  (1954)
 
The Once and Future King
T.H. White (1938-1941; 1958)
 
To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee (1960)
 
Catch-22
Joseph Heller (1961)
 
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Ken Kesey (1962)
   
 
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