"The Age of Innocence" is a novel by American writer Edith Wharton. Her twelfth novel, it was originally presented in 1920 as a serial in four parts in the magazine "Pictorial Review". In 1921, Wharton became the first woman to win Pulitzer Prize for Fiction after the book's successful nomination. The story is set in upper-class New York City in the 1870s, during the Gilded Age, and centres around an impending marriage and arrival of a scandalous relative that threatens to disrupt the couple's happiness. Edith Wharton (January 24, 1862 - August 11, 1937) was an American novelist, writer of short stories, and designer. She was nominated for the Nobel prize in 1927, 1928 and 1930. Wharton was famous for her novels, within which she married her person experience of life in America's privileged classes with brilliant wit and mastery of language. Many vintage books such as this are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive. It is with this in mind that we are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author.