The Gilded Age | Study Guide

Mark Twain, Charles Dudley Warner

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Overview

Author

Mark Twain, Charles Dudley Warner

Year published

1873

Type

Novel

Genre

Comedy, Satire

Perspective and Narrator

The Gilded Age is told in a third-person omniscient point of view with the action following a number of different characters. The story is narrated by the authors, who provide occasional comic observations on their tale.

Tense

The Gilded Age is narrated in the past tense.

About the Title

"The Gilded Age" refers to the period after the Civil War and Reconstruction up to around 1900. The title is part of the authors' critique of their era. Instead of a "golden age" of prosperity, the authors describe a "gilded" age—one that is merely covered with a thin layer of gold, disguising problems and imperfections beneath. The title is an allegory for the social criticism in the novel.

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