I just reread The Age Of Innocence by Edith Wharton. This is one of my favorite novels. If you're interested in the Victorian era, this novel is essential. Wharton's social critique of the Gilded Age of New York high society sheds new light on the puritanical mores and social codes of American Victorians, and how they were enforced with a chilling and exquisite politeness.
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