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Mark Twain, Charles Dudley Warner
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.
The Gilded Age is narrated in the past tense.
"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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