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Ethan Frome: Authoritative Text Backgrounds and Contexts Criticism (Norton Critical Editions)
Ethan Frome Authoritative Text Backgrounds and Contexts Criticism - Norton Critical Editions Author:Edith Wharton, Kristin O. Lauer, Cynthia Griffin Wolff `I had the story, bit by bit, from various people, and, as generally happens in such cases, each time it was a different story.' Who is this strange man Ethan Frome? What is his dreadful secret? . . . Amidst a bleak New England winter landscape, powerful emotions lead to far-reaching consequences, when Ethan Frome struggles to break free from... more » a loveless marriage. . . Cambridge Literature is a series of study texts which presents writing in the English-speaking world from the 16th century up to the present day. The series includes novels, drama, short stories, poetry, essays and other types of non-fiction. Each edition has the complete text with an appropriate glossary. The student will find in each volume a helpful introduction and a full section of resource notes encouraging active and imaginative study methods.« less
This wonderful tale of perception, desire and despair is so much more than just a paltry romance. Wharton illustrates just how much of ourselves we project into what we see and believe about what goes on around us. I've posted and extra copy, I would never get rid of my last one!
This story takes place in the cold, bleak winter farmlands of Massachusetts. Ethan Frome, a poor farmer, has a hard life tending to his land, trying to make a meager living, and also taking care of his ungrateful, demanding, sickly wife, Zeena. When her cousin, Mattie, comes to help her, Ethan's life changes completely. He falls deeply in love with Mattie. This being the 1800's, he must endure the stifling conventions of that era's society also. There love for each other proves to be a fascinating story.
I don't know why I waited so long to read this classic little gem of a novel--more like a long short story, actually, that manages so perfectly and movingly to capture a town, a person, a life in so few pages. It's written in Wharton's crisp and literate style, with the tragic story of Ethan Frome mirrored in the bleak New England winter landscape and stoic people.