For those of us who study and love the works of Edith Wharton, The Gilded Age gives us the pleasure of recognizing her influence in Julian Fellowes’s epic series. From the detailed and exquisite sets and costumes to the story lines, Wharton—and other writers of her time—help guide us through Fellowes’s 1882 New York City in ways that enrich both the series and Wharton’s works, from The House of Mirth, to The Age of Innocence, to The Old Maid, and beyond.

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