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The Touchstone

The Touchstone by Edith Wharton
By: (1862-1937)

The Touchstone by Edith Wharton is a captivating novel that delves into the complexities of love, marriage, and societal expectations in the late 19th century. The story follows the protagonist, Stephen Glennard, as he grapples with his decision to sell a series of love letters written to him by a now-famous author in order to secure his financial future.

Wharton masterfully explores the themes of greed, morality, and the consequences of one's actions in this thought-provoking tale. The characters are richly developed and the plot moves at a brisk pace, keeping the reader engaged from start to finish.

Overall, The Touchstone is a compelling read that raises important questions about the value of love, loyalty, and integrity in a world driven by material gain. Wharton's prose is elegant and her insights into human nature are both timeless and resonant. I highly recommend this novel to fans of classic literature and anyone interested in a story that challenges the reader to consider the true cost of their choices.

Book Description:
Stephen Glennard's career is falling apart and he desperately needs money so that he may marry his beautiful fiancee. He happens upon an advertisement in a London magazine promising the prospect of financial gain. Glennard was once pursued by Margaret Aubyn, a famous and recently deceased author, and he still has her passionate love letters to him. Glennard removes his name from the letters and sells them, making him a fortune and building a marriage based on the betrayal of another.

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