Editor's Introduction by Carol J. Singley
A Note on the Text
I. The Age of Innocence
II. Background Readings
Questions of Culture
Thomas Bender, from "The Metropolitan Gentry: Culture against Politics"
George Sanyayana, from "The Genteel Tradition in American Philosophy"
Walt Whitman, from "Democratic Vistas"
Calvin Tomkins, from "Merchants and Masterpieces: The Story of the Metropolitan Museum of Art"
Ida Van Gastel, "The Location and Decoration of Houses in The Age of Innocence"
Marriage and Divorce
Steven Mintz and Susan Kellogg, from Domestic Revolutions
J. Foote Bingham, from "For the Wedding Night"
Travel and Sport
Donald Ross and James J. Schramer, from the Introduction to American Travel Writers, 1850-1915
Henry James, from "Americans Abroad"
Henry James, from "Newport"
William J. Baker, from "The Lawn Set"
III. Other Writings by Edith Wharton
Writing The Age of Innocence
The Ways of Old New York
The Childishness of American Women
"The Valley of Childish Things"
Winning the Pulitizer Prize
IV. Critical Readings
Alan Price, from "The Composition of Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence"
Elizabeth Ammons, from "Cool Diana and the Blood-Red Muse: Edith Wharton on Innocence and Art"
Judith P. Saunders, from "Becoming the Mask: Edith Wharton's Ingenues"
Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar, from "Angel of Devastation: Edith Wharton on the Arts of the Enslaved"
Katherine Joslin, from "The Age of Innocence and the Bohemian Peril"
James W. Tuttleton, from "Edith Wharton: The Archeological Motive"
Nancy Bentley, from "'Hunting for the Real': Wharton and the Science of Manners"
Linda W. Wagner, from "A Note on Wharton's Use of Faust"
Gary H. Lindberg, from "The Mind in Chains: Public Plots and Personal Fables"
Donald Pizer, from "American Naturalism in Its 'Perfected' State: The Age of Innocence and An American Tragedy
Ian Christie, from "The Scorsese Interview: On Filming The Age of Innocence"
Gore Vidal, "Of Writers and Class: In Praise of Edith Wharton"