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
This is no love story. - Goodreads
Excellent storytelling! - Goodreads
Dreadfully depressing story, but good writing. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Psyche Ready - Goodreads

Very exciting love story, brutally sad depiction of New England cold and poverty. Her prose is clear and economical; exactly enough information is on the page, no more. What an unusual quality for a writer of this era. I'm excited to read more! Read full review

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User Review  - Jacek - Goodreads

Truly heart-breaking story. I got bored when going through The Age of Innocence. But Ethan Frome is a masterpiece. 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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