Ethan Frome & Selected Stories (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

Ethan Frome & Selected Stories (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

by Edith Wharton, Kent Ljungquist
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Ethan Frome & Selected Stories (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) by Edith Wharton



Ethan Frome and Selected Stories, by Edith Wharton, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics:

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One of Edith Wharton’s few works of fiction that takes place outside of an urban, upper-class setting, Ethan Frome draws upon the bleak, barren landscape of rural New England. A poor farmer, Ethan finds himself stuck in a miserable marriage to Zeenie, a sickly, tyrannical woman, until he falls in love with her visiting cousin, the vivacious Mattie Silver. As Mattie is forced to leave his household, Frome steals one last afternoon with her—one that culminates in a ruinous sled ride with unspeakably tragic results.

Unhappily married herself, Edith Wharton projected her dark views of love onto people far removed from her social class in Ethan Frome. Her sensitivity to natural beauty and human psychology, however, make this slim novel a convincing and compelling portrait of rural life. A powerful tale of passion and loss—and the wretched consequences thereof—Ethan Frome is one of American literatures great tragic love stories.

Also included in this volume are four of Edith Wharton’s finest short stories: “The Pretext,” “Afterward,” “The Legend,” and “Xingu.”

Kent P. Ljungquist, Professor of English at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, is the author of The Grand and the Fair: Poe’s Landscape Aesthetics and Pictorial Techniques, co-editor of the SUNY Press edition of James Fenimore Cooper's The Deerslayer, and editor of several reference works of American fiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781411432154
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
Publication date: 06/01/2009
Series: Barnes & Noble Classics Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 649,873
File size: 942 KB

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

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Ethan Frome & Selected Stories (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 117 reviews.
wordsilove More than 1 year ago
The ending was a real kicker. I enjoyed this book and I'm glad I read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ethan Frome was, as I said, a good read. I like how the author used a frame to tell this story--it seems as though you are listening in on something. The novel is not that long, and quite engrossing for the majority of the novel so it goes by fast. Some might find Ethan's thoughts a bit melodramatic, but his thoughts made the novel more realistic. The only reason I would not give Ethan Frome five stars is that the ending did not seem to fit the context of the novel. So, to me, the ending was a bit of a disappointment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The main story read in this book is of course Ethan Frome and as far as im concerned it is just another version of Romeo and Juliet but the writing was actually superior to shakespears in my opinion
Guest More than 1 year ago
As my headline says, I believe this to be the best novel by an American author. Wharton is a forgotten literary star as far as I'm concerned.
TulaneGirl More than 1 year ago
Not exactly you're typical Sunday afternoon reading, but that's exactly what it became for me. Ethan Frome is quite the depressing little ditty. It starts in the "present" day. The author arrives at Ethan Frome's home and hears his story. Ethan takes the author 24 years back. Ethan is a long suffering martyr. He ended his studies to take care of his parents, married an invalid, and lives a generally joy-less life. Then, one day, a light enters his life in the form of a poor relation. He falls in love with her and begins to dream. But his wife knows him well and manipulates him back into martyrdom. He makes a reckless decision which leads to a surprising ending.
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PinkChi More than 1 year ago
A fast read. Characters are well developed and are strong. The ending is quite unexpected for those who are not already familiar with this classic.
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