Ethan Frome

Ethan Frome - Oxford World's Classics

Paperback (04 Jun 1998) | English

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Synopsis

`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.

Book information

ISBN: 9780192834966
Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
Imprint: Oxford Paperbacks
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Language: English
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 135g
Height: 196mm
Width: 129mm
Spine width: 8mm