The next session will be on Dec. 2nd from 3:30-5:30. This will be the last meeting of the Informal Reading Group this year.
For this session I’ve chosen 2 pages from a novel by American authoress Edith Wharton, “The Age of Innocence”, for which she won the Pulitzer Prize in 1921.
Edith Wharton wrote in a post-Romantic style, the style called Realism. The story and the characters show the tension between Romanticism and Realism.
Edith Wharton on Wikipedia (English) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edith_Wharton
There seems to be no Japanese Wikipedia entry for her, but perhaps some of you can find a good website in Japanese about her.
“The Age of Innocence” is also the title of a painting by the famous British portrait painter Joshua Reynolds. You can see the painting and read about Reynolds here.
Did this painting influence Wharton? We can discuss this in the session, perhaps.
This website tells the whole story of “Age of Innocence” in a “digested” form (in English, though).
This article writes about “Age of Innocence” and Gustave Flaubert‘s classic “Emma Bovary“, itself a novel about Romanticism.
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