Edith Wharton’s Republic of the Spirit

Edith Wharton’s analysis of American society in The House of Mirth and The Age of Innocence couldn’t be more timely. The manners of New York in the Gilded Age have passed away, but the prejudices, hypocrisies, and moral compromises Wharton’s characters exhibit are all too familiar. As an American deeply engaged with the question of how to live an ethical and meaningful life, not merely as a citizen of her country but as a member of the larger world, Wharton has much to say to us in these tumultuous times.

You can read the full article by Great Books senior editor, Nancy Carr, by visiting the Classical Pursuits website.


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