Ethan Frome

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OUP Oxford, Jun 4, 1998 - Fiction - 160 pages
1563 Reviews
`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 absolutely hated this book. OK, two things were good. The author draws New England landscapes, particularly in winter, beautifully. Secondly, the book was exceedingly short, so my misery wasn't ... Read full review

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One of my new favorite novels. 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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