© 1996

The End of The Age of Innocence

Edith Wharton and the First World War

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Alan Price
    Pages 7-37
  3. Alan Price
    Pages 77-106
  4. Alan Price
    Pages 107-140
  5. Alan Price
    Pages 141-166
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 183-238

About this book


The End of the Age of Innocence tells the dramatic story of Edith Wharton's heroic crusade to save the lives of displaced Belgians and suffering citizens of her adopted France, by organizing refugee relief efforts during WWI.


First World War history history of literature literature military North America twentieth century war

Bibliographic information


Drawing on unpublished letters and archival materials in Europe and the United States, The End of the Ago of Innocence documents Wharton's activities as fund-raiser, philanthropist, propagandist, and political activist during the Great War. A fascinating account of a little-understood period of Wharton's life. Shari Benstock, author of No Gifts from Chance: A Biography of Edith Wharton