Ethan Frome: And Selected Stories

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Barnes & Noble Classics, 2004 - Fiction - 240 pages
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One of Edith Wharton's few works of fiction that takes place outside of an urban, upper-class setting,Ethan Frome draws upon the bleak, barren landscape of rural New England. A poor farmer, Ethan finds himself stuck in a miserable marriage to Zeenie, a sickly, tyrannical woman, until he falls in love with her visiting cousin, the vivacious Mattie Silver. As Mattie is forced to leave his household, Frome steals one last afternoon with herone that culminates in a ruinous sled ride with unspeakably tragic results.

Unhappily married herself, Edith Wharton projected her dark views of love onto people far removed from her social class inEthan Frome. Her sensitivity to natural beauty and human psychology, however, make this slim novel a convincing and compelling portrait of rural life. A powerful tale of passion and lossand the wretched consequences thereofEthan Frome is one of American literatures great tragic love stories.

Also included in this volume are four of Edith Wharton's finest short stories: The Pretext,” Afterward,” The Legend,” and Xingu.”

Kent P. Ljungquist, Professor of English at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, is the author ofThe Grand and the Fair: Poe's Landscape Aesthetics and Pictorial Techniques, co-editor of the SUNY Press edition of James Fenimore Cooper'sThe Deerslayer, and editor of several reference works of American fiction.

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Review: Ethan Frome and Selected Stories

User Review  - Dawn - Goodreads

Angst. Wow. Yes it's a little dark and depressing, but it really wowed me. Fantastic writing, fantastic detail, and a twist ending that left me thinking. I don't know how the character of Ethan Frome wouldn't haunt your mind for awhile. Read full review

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User Review  - Amy Gideon - Goodreads

Ethan Frome is a depressing read. If you like happy endings this is not the book for you. Read full review

About the author (2004)

Kent P. Ljungquist, Professor of English at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, is the author of The Grand and the Fair: Poe's Landscape Aesthetics and Pictorial Techniques, co-editor of the SUNY Press edition of James Fenimore Cooper's The Deerslayer, and editor of several reference works of American fiction.

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