The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton – Forgotten Classic – Paperback Edition



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The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton

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This is the complete and unabridged text of Edith Wharton’s first ever novel, The Valley of Decision. This beautiful paperback edition features original cover art by Haleigh DeRocher and is sold exclusively in this shop. It measures 6×9.

The Forgotten Classics Collection is an ever growing collection of public domain books that deserve the title of Classic but have been largely overlooked by the general public – forgotten, as it were. These books may be obscure titles from popular classic authors, or books by authors that were popular in their time but have since fallen into obscurity. All of these books are worth reading, which is why I’ve decided to bring them back into print in hopes to grow their audience!

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“But what he wanted now were books which appealed not to his reason but to his emotions, which reflected as in a mirror the rich and varied life of the senses: books that were warm to the touch, like the little volume in his hand…”

The Valley of Decision, Edith Wharton’s first published novel (1902), is a historical fiction set in northern Italy during the time leading up to the French Revolution. Odo Valsecca, a young Italian raised by peasants, is plucked from poverty and dropped into the lap of luxury as the newly named heir to his cousin, a duke. Forced to choose between conflicting loyalties – those to the forces of social reform with which he allied himself before he came to power, or those of the feudal tradition to which he belongs by blood – Odo must recreate himself…


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