Ethan Frome

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OUP Oxford, Jun 4, 1998 - Fiction - 160 pages
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`It was not so much his great height that marked him ... it was the careless powerful look that he had, in spite of a lameness checking each step like the jerk of a chain.' Set against the bleak winter landscape of New England, Ethan Frome tells the story of a poor farmer, lonely and downtrodden, his wife Zeena, and her cousin, the enchanting Mattie Silver. In the playing out of this short novel's powerful and engrossing drama, Edith Wharton constructed her least characteristic and most celebrated book. In its unyielding and shocking pessimism, its bleak demonstration of tragic waste, it is a masterpiece of psychological and emotional realism. In her introduction the distinguished critic Elaine Showalter discusses the background to the novel's composition and the reasons for its enduring success.

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User Review  - eadieburke - LibraryThing

Ethan Frome is a story with a tragic ending. It expresses the power of love and how far one will go for love. Even though Ethan is married, his love for Mattie Silver causes the two to partake in an ... Read full review

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User Review  - EpicTale - LibraryThing

Bottom line: "Ethan Frome" (EF) is a kick-ass great book. My son (a Wharton fan) suggested it as an introduction to Wharton's writing, but cautioned that it was a glum tale. Even reading the book ... Read full review

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About the author (1998)

Elaine Showalter is Professor of English at Princeton University. She is the author of Sister's Choice (OPB, 1994) and editor of Du Maurier's Trilby (OPF, 1995).

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