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|Title:||Wrapped Up in Books: The Inner Life of Newland Archer in The Age of Innocence|
|Authors:||Schultz, Jane E.;Eller, Jonathan R., 1952-;Reeves, Nancee C.|
|Keywords:||Edith Wharton;The Age of Innocence;Newland Archer;Library;Books;readers;Wharton, Edith, 1862-1937 -- Criticism and interpretation;Wharton, Edith, 1862-1937. Age of innocence;Wharton, Edith, 1862-1937 -- Characters;Books and reading;Reading interests|
|Description:||Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)|
Few in the world value books more than writers do. They have an understanding of literature that it is hard for a non-writer to grasp – an awareness of the importance of words and stories, and their place in society. Therefore, when a writer has one of his own characters read a book, it generally means something. To pass over such a detail, to ignore the clues carefully placed, is to deprive oneself of the full meaning of a work. Every action, item, and movement in a novel contributes to the end, to the purpose and meaning of the work. A character in a novel might toss a book aside, think nothing of having an empty library, or merely note a title in passing. But to the writer, and so also to the reader, these actions are of great significance. This paper looks at The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton and analysis the reading material of its hero, Newland Archer, in order to come to a better understanding of this character, Wharton’s narratives in general, and of Wharton herself. Newland Archer is a character who is in significant ways defined by the books he acquires and reads. Each book has been picked with such care it is possible to get a good idea of what type of person Archer is merely by looking at what he reads. It is therefore important to ask what his reading list says about him and why Wharton would have invested so much time in building this list. Wharton has made Archer’s library his autobiography.
|Other Identifiers:||PS3545.H16 W73 2007|
|Appears in Collections:||Theses, Dissertations, and Doctoral Papers|
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