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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It was easy to read with beautiful imagery. - Goodreads
Great writing, dreadfully depressing story. - Goodreads
Beautifully written, tragic, great ending - Goodreads
The plot is really weird. - Goodreads
Another poignant love story. - Goodreads
Ick! Boring and terrible ending. - Goodreads

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I appreciated this book and I enjoyed it. It was really short. I liked Whartons writing. It made me feel literate without being so complicated. It really is well written. I liked the story. Wharton ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kim - Goodreads

This is a haunting tale and also eloquently told. Bleak, hard and soft at the same time. 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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