What makes this Pulitzer Prize-winning tale of love in 1800’s New York a classic, and is it still relevant in today’s world? Also, a short ghost story from a lady’s maid’s point of view that’ll raise goosebumps on your arms, and an original cocktail inspired by ‘The Age of Innocence’.
* Transcript below
Buzz Series 4, Ep.2
“Edith Wharton was the first female to win a Pulitzer Prize for her fiction novel “The Age of Innocence”, which is a timeless love story set in high society in the late 1800’s. Wharton was born in 1862, she married Edward Wharton in ’85 when she was 23. The marriage was difficult, Edward suffered from depression and nine years later she has the first in a series of nervous breakdowns. Despite, or perhaps because of that she began writing and published her first short story in 1889 and her first novel in 1900 when she was 38. In 1911 she moved to France, divorced Edward and during the first World War she worked to aid refugees and was honored by the French government. She died in France in 1937 and she’s buried in Versailles.
Her writing is succinct and emotionally insightful in a way that’s still relevant today and The Age of Innocence is very much about the tension between how people felt and how they had to behave in order to be thought proper in 19th century society. This really immerses you in a lost world and its reminiscent of Jane Austen. Wharton has legions of fans, but there are some negative reviews…. to enjoy this book you have to be willing to slow right down and look at life from the point of view of these characters…The Age of Innocence was made into a movie and starred Michelle Pfeiffer, Daniel Day-Lewis and Winona Ryder and was directed by Martin Scorcese….”