Ethan Frome (Paperback)
|Ethan Frome works his unproductive farm and struggles to maintain a bearable existence with his difficult, suspicious, and hypochondriac wife, Zeenie. But when Zeenie''s vivacious cousin enters their household as a ?hired girl, ? Ethan finds himself obsessed with her and with the possibilities for happiness she comes to represent. |
In one of American fiction''s finest and most intense narratives, Edith Wharton moves this ill-starred trio toward their tragic destinies. Different in both tone and theme from Wharton''s other works, Ethan Frome has become perhaps her most enduring and most widely read novel.
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A New England farmer eking out a hardscrabble existence on an unproductive farm must choose between his duty to care for his difficult, invalid wife and his love for her vivacious young cousin. Reissue.
This tragic short novel tells the tale of Ethan Frome, who lives an isolated life in cold New England. When his mother dies, he marries his cousin Zeena for companionship, rather than for love. When they hire Mattie Silver as a live-in household helper, Ethan and the young Mattie fall desperately in love. Inevitably, Zeena discovers the affair.
"The book to the making of which I brought the greatest joy, and the fullest ease, was 'Ethan Frome'. For years I had wanted to draw life as it really was in the derelict mountain village of New England, a life... utterly unlike that seen through the rose-colored spectacles of my predecessors, Mary Wilkins and Sarah Orne Jewett... 'Ethan Frome' was written after I had spent ten years in the hill-region where the scene is laid, during which years I had come to know well the aspect, dialect, and mental and moral attitudes of the hill-people." - Edith Wharton Spectator
"The utter pessimisn of 'Ethan Frome'... is too bad to be true; it is Hardyesque self-indulgence..." - Anthony Burgess 12/03/1965 (unknown)
"The wonder is that the spectacle of so much pain can be made to yield so much beauty." 10/26/1911