Ethan Frome is a novel published in 1911 by the Pulitzer Prize-winning American author Edith Wharton. It is set in the fictitious town of Starkfield, Massachusetts. The novel was adapted into a film, Ethan Frome, in 1993.
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About the Author
Born into a prosperous New York family, Edith Wharton (1862-1937) wrote more than 15 novels, including The Age of Innocence, The House of Mirth, Ethan Frome, and other esteemed books. She was distinguished for her work in the First World War and was the first woman to receive a Doctorate of Letters from Yale University. She died in France at the age of 75.
Date of Birth:January 24, 1862
Date of Death:August 11, 1937
Place of Birth:New York, New York
Place of Death:Saint-Brice-sous-Forêt, France
Education:Educated privately in New York and Europe
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Wow!! Wouldn't have imagined that a risque topic would be part of this period time piece. Truly, if I hadn't seen the movie with Liam Neeson, I don't think I would have read this American classic but I sure am glad now that I did. Wharton did a tremendous job comparing the dreary existence of Zeena with the light and playfulness of Mattie. It is a very easy read and definitely gets the checkmark for American literature!!
This novel is so limited in scope that it's better described as a short story that overstays its welcome. There's not enough passion to make it a tragedy. Oh, the color of the cover is grey... Accurate.