Ethan Frome

December 13, 2008|
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton


`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.
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).
Title:Ethan Frome
Product dimensions:160 pages, 7.72 X 5.08 X 0.35 in
Shipping dimensions:160 pages, 7.72 X 5.08 X 0.35 in
Published:December 13, 2008
Publisher:Oxford University Press
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780199538096

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