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The Reef, a semi-autobiographical novel that attacks the hypocrisies of New York society of which author Edith Wharton had long been a member, was praised by contemporaries as her best work since Ethan Frome. The novel challenged the morality of the times in the person of George Darrow, a diplomat who drifts into an affair with another woman after his proposal of marriage to widow Anna Leath receives a cool response.

When The Reef appeared in 1912, reviewers found Edith Wharton's novel of American expatriates in France sordid and even shocking. George Darrow, an American diplomat, is in love with the recently widowed Anna Leath. On his way to visit her in France, he finds himself accompanying Sophy Viner, a young American he has briefly met in the past, on her way to Paris. A minutely rendered anatomy of social ambiguity, the implications of this Parisian prologue inform the remainder of the novel, as Darrow's, Anna's, and Sophy's lives become increasingly and intricately interdependent. Obliquely but intensely autobiographical, written following the dissolution of her marriage and her move from America to France, The Reef explores Wharton's ambivalent sense of both her newly adopted country and her unexpectedly awakened sexuality. A brilliant and compelling work, it is both a neglected and genuinely distinguished novel and a revealing document in modern sexual history.

32 editions First published in 1912

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The Reef
March 13, 2007, BiblioBazaar
Paperback in English
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The Reef (Large Print Edition)
March 13, 2007, BiblioBazaar
Paperback in English
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The Reef
September 27, 2007, Book Jungle
Paperback in English
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The Reef
November 1, 2006, Aegypan
Hardcover in English
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The Reef
January 30, 2006, Paperbackshop.Co.UK Ltd - Echo Library
Paperback in English
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The Reef
December 1, 2006, Aegypan
Paperback in English
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The reef
2005, IndyPublish
in English
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The Reef
December 2005, North Books
Hardcover in English
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The Reef
December 2005, North Books
Hardcover in English - Largeprint edition
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The Reef
2004, Fictionwise, Inc.
eBook in English
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The Reef
June 30, 2004, Kessinger Publishing
Paperback in English
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The Reef
October 2002, IndyPublish.com
Hardcover in English
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The Reef
October 2002, IndyPublish.com
Paperback in English
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The reef
2000, Avon Books
in English
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The reef
1998, Oxford University Press
Paperback in English
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The reef: a novel
1997, McLeod & Allen
Microform in English
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The Reef
July 15, 1996, Everyman's Library
Hardcover in English
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The reef
1996, A.A. Knopf
in English
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The reef
1996, Scribner Paperback Fiction
in English - 1st Scribner paperback fiction ed.
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The Reef (Twentieth-Century Classics)
January 1, 1995, Penguin Classics
in English
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The Reef (Twentieth-Century Classics)
January 1, 1995, Penguin Classics
Paperback in English
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The reef
1994, Penguin books
in English
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The Reef
January 1991, Audio Book Contractors
Audio Cassette in English
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The reef
1987, Collier Books
in English - 1st Collier Books ed.
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The reef
1983, Virago
in English
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The reef
1965, Scribner
in English
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The reef
1965, Scribner
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The reef.
1965, Scribner
in English
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The reef
1927, D. Appleton
in English
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The reef: a novel
1912, Syndicate publishing co.
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The reef: a novel
1912, D. Appleton and Company
in English
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The reef
Publish date unknown, Collier Books
- 1st Collier Books ed.

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