Definitions for "Gilded Age"
This phrase comes from Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner's 1873 novel The Gilded Age, depicting "an American society that, despite its appearance of promise and prosperity, is riddled with corruption and scandal" (
Associated with the novel published in 1873 by Mark Twain and Charles D. Warner, this term refers to the ostentation and corruption in business and government that were rampant in the twenty years after the Civil War.
A period in American history during the 1870s characterized by political corruption and materialism. A number of important novel s of social and political criticism were written during this time. Examples of Gilded Age literature include Henry Adams's Democracy and F. Marion Crawford's An American Politician.