Ethan Frome

This is a tragic 19th century love story. The main characters are Ethan Frome, his wife Zenobia, called Zeena, and her young cousin Mattie Silver. Frome and Zeena marry after she nurses his mother in her last illness.

Author: Edith Wharton

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This is a tragic 19th century love story. The main characters are Ethan Frome, his wife Zenobia, called Zeena, and her young cousin Mattie Silver. Frome and Zeena marry after she nurses his mother in her last illness. Although Frome seems ambitious and intelligent, Zeena holds him back. When her young cousin Mattie comes to stay on their New England farm, Frome falls in love with her. But the social conventions of the day doom their love and their hopes. The story forcefully conveys Wharton's abhorrence of society's unbending standards of loyalty. Written while Wharton lived in France but before her divorce (1913), Ethan Frome became one of the best known and most popular of her works. -- The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature.

A Study Guide for Edith Wharton s Ethan Frome

This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more.

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A Study Guide for Edith Wharton's "Ethan Frome," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.

Ethan Frome World s Classics Series

All the dwellers in Starkfield, as in more notable communities, had had troubles
enough of their own to make them comparatively indifferent to those of their
neighbours; and though all conceded that Ethan Frome's had been beyond the ...

Author: Edith Wharton

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Ethan Frome is a limping, quiet old man, a local fixture of the community, and a lifelong resident of the town of Starkfield, Massachusetts. When an unnamed narrator comes to spend a winter in Starkfield, he is curious to learn more about Frome. He learns that Frome's limp arose from having been injured in a "smash-up" twenty-four years before, but further details are not forthcoming. He also finds out that Frome's attempt at higher education decades before was thwarted by the sudden illness of his father following an injury, forcing his return to the farm to assist his parents, never to leave again. Because people seem not to wish to speak other than in vague and general terms about Frome's past, the narrator's curiosity grows. Chance circumstances arise that allow the narrator to hire Frome as his driver for a week. A severe snowstorm during one of their journeys forces Frome to allow the narrator to shelter at his home one night, and he digs a little deeper in the past.

Ethan Frome

A critical introduction to Edith Wharton's classic novel that looks at characterization, setting, and symbolism in the story In this study, Marlene Springer shows how Edith Wharton uses characterization both to expunge the sterility of her ...

Author: Marlene Springer

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ISBN: UOM:49015002043389

Category: Literary Criticism

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A critical introduction to Edith Wharton's classic novel that looks at characterization, setting, and symbolism in the story

Ethan Frome Illustrated

The novel is a framed narrative. The framing story concerns an unnamed male narrator spending a winter in Starkfield while in the area on business.

Author: Edith Wharton

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The novel is a framed narrative. The framing story concerns an unnamed male narrator spending a winter in Starkfield while in the area on business. He spots a limping, quiet man around the village, who is somehow compelling in his demeanor and carriage. This is Ethan Frome, who is a lifelong resident and a local fixture of the community. Frome is described by the narrator as "the most striking figure in Starkfield", "the ruin of a man" with a "careless powerful look ... in spite of a lameness checking each step like the jerk of a chain". Curious, the narrator sets out to learn about him. He learns that Frome's limp arose from having been injured in a "smash-up" twenty-four years before, but further details are not forthcoming, and the narrator fails to learn much more from Frome's fellow townspeople other than that Ethan's attempt at higher education decades before was thwarted by the sudden illness of his father following an injury, forcing his return to the farm to assist his parents, never to leave again. Because people seem not to wish to speak other than in vague and general terms about Frome's past, the narrator's curiosity grows, but he learns little more.Chance circumstances arise that allow the narrator to hire Frome as his driver for a week. A severe snowstorm during one of their journeys forces Frome to allow the narrator to shelter at his home one night. Just as the two are entering Frome's house, the prologue ends and the framed story begins. The narration switches from the first-person narrator of the prologue to a limited third-person narrator. We then embark on the "first" chapter (Chapter I), which takes place twenty-four years prior.In Chapter I, Ethan is waiting outside a church dance for Mattie, his wife's cousin, who has for a year lived with Ethan and his sickly wife, Zeena (Zenobia), in order to help out around the house and farm. Mattie is given the occasional night off to entertain herself in town as partial recompense for helping care for the Fromes, and Ethan has the duty of walking her home. It is quickly clear that Ethan has deep feelings for Mattie. Passing the graveyard, he thinks in an intense moment of foreshadowing that, "We'll always go on living here together, and some day she'll lie there beside me." It also becomes clear that Zeena has observed enough to understand that he has these feelings and, understandably, she resents them.When Zeena leaves for an overnight visit to seek treatment for her various complaints and symptoms in a neighboring town, Ethan is excited to have an evening alone with Mattie. During this evening, the narrator reveals small actions that show that they each have feelings for the other, including a lingering of touching hands on the milk jug, although neither openly declares their love. Mattie makes supper and retrieves from a high shelf Zeena's treasured pickle dish, which Zeena, in a symbol of her stingy nature, never uses, in order to protect it. Mattie uses it to present Ethan with a simple supper, and disaster ensues when the Fromes' cat jumps on the table and knocks it off, shattering it beyond repair. Ethan tries to help by setting the dish's pieces neatly in the cupboard, presenting the false impression of wholeness if not examined closely, with plans to purchase some glue and fix it as soon as he can.

Edith Wharton s Ethan Frome

This guide systematically overviews Wharton's widely read text. The book offers a detailed plot summary and gives special attention to the themes and literary contexts informing the novel.

Author: Suzanne J. Fournier

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313333106

Category: Literary Criticism

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A patrician who wrote most often of the fashionable 19th-century New York society she knew so well, Edith Wharton was inspired to write the novel Ethan Frome after spending summers in Massachusetts. This guide systematically overviews Wharton's widely read text. The book offers a detailed plot summary and gives special attention to the themes and literary contexts informing the novel. It also overviews Wharton's style and the critical reception of her work.

Ethan Frome

An adapted version of the tragic story of Ethan Frome, a New England farmer married to a hypochondriac and in love with his wife's lively cousin, Mattie.

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ISBN: 0822493543

Category: Education

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With its high-interest adaptations of classic literature and plays, this series inspires reading success and further exploration for all students.These classics are skillfully adapted into concise, softcover books of 80-136 pages. Each retains the integrity and tone of the original book. Interest Level: 5-12 Reading Level: 3-4

Ethan Frome

Ethan Fromeby Edith WhartonSet against the bleak winter landscape of New England, Ethan Frome is the story of a poor farmer, lonely and downtrodden, his wife Zeena, and her cousin, the enchanting Mattie Silver.

Author: Edith Wharto

Publisher: Independently Published

ISBN: 1731570554

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Ethan Fromeby Edith WhartonSet against the bleak winter landscape of New England, Ethan Frome is 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 her Introduction, the distinguished critic Elaine Showalter discusses the background to the novel's composition and the reasons for its enduring success.

Ethan Frome and Other Short Fiction

Author: Edith Wharton

Publisher: Bantam Classics

ISBN: 9780553904208

Category: Fiction

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On a bleak New England farm, a taciturn young man has resigned himself to a life of grim endurance. Bound by circumstance to a woman he cannot love, Ethan Frome is haunted by a past of lost possibilities until his wife’s orphaned cousin, Mattie Silver, arrives and he is tempted to make one final, desperate effort to escape his fate. In language that is spare, passionate, and enduring, Edith Wharton tells this unforgettable story of two tragic lovers overwhelmed by the unrelenting forces of conscience and necessity. Included with Ethan Frome are the novella The Touchstone and three short stories, “The Last Asset,” “The Other Two,” and “Xingu.” Together, this collection offers a survey of the extraordinary range and power of one of America’s finest writers.

Ethan Frome

This is a tragic 19th century love story. The main characters are Ethan Frome, his wife Zenobia, called Zeena, and her young cousin Mattie Silver. Frome and Zeena marry after she nurses his mother in her last illness.

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This is a tragic 19th century love story. The main characters are Ethan Frome, his wife Zenobia, called Zeena, and her young cousin Mattie Silver. Frome and Zeena marry after she nurses his mother in her last illness. Although Frome seems ambitious and intelligent, Zeena holds him back. When her young cousin Mattie comes to stay on their New England farm, Frome falls in love with her. But the social conventions of the day doom their love and their hopes. The story forcefully conveys Wharton's abhorrence of society's unbending standards of loyalty. Written while Wharton lived in France but before her divorce (1913), Ethan Frome became one of the best known and most popular of her works. -- The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature.

Ethan Frome and Other Stories

A reprint of the 1911 first edition of Wharton's classic novel chronicles a story of the secret love, jealousy, and guilt that exist behind the seemingly tranquil existence of a New England farm.

Author: Edith Wharton

Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers

ISBN: 1561387630

Category: Fiction

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A reprint of the 1911 first edition of Wharton's classic novel chronicles a story of the secret love, jealousy, and guilt that exist behind the seemingly tranquil existence of a New England farm.

Ethan Frome and Selected Stories

Contains the story of Ethan Frome, a New England farmer who is married to a hypochondriac, but is in love with his wife's lively cousin, Mattie; and includes four additional short stories by Edith Wharton.

Author: Edith Wharton

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ISBN: 1420945610

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Contains the story of Ethan Frome, a New England farmer who is married to a hypochondriac, but is in love with his wife's lively cousin, Mattie; and includes four additional short stories by Edith Wharton.

Ethan Frome Summer

. . . Wharton’s astonishing authority here is to render such pain with purity and economy . . .

Author: Edith Wharton

Publisher: Modern Library

ISBN: 9780307808509

Category: Fiction

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A pair of masterly short novels, featuring an introduction by Elizabeth Strout, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Anything Is Possible and My Name Is Lucy Barton Thought Edith Wharton is best known for her cutting contemplation of fashionable New York, Ethan Frome and Summer are set in small New England towns, far from Manhattan’s beau monde. Together in one volume, these thematically linked short novels display Wharton’s characteristic criticism of society’s hypocrisy, and her daring exploration of the destructive consequences of sexual appetite. From the wintry setting of Ethan Frome, where a man hounded by community standards is destroyed by the very thing that might bring him happiness, to the florid town of Summer, where a young woman’s first romance projects her into a dizzying rite of passage, Wharton captures beautifully the urges and failures of human nature. Praise for Edith Wharton and Ethan Frome “Ethan Frome [is considered] Mrs. Wharton’s masterpiece . . . The secret of its greatness is the stark human drama of it; the social crudity and human delicacy intermingled; the defiant, over-riding passion, and the long-drawn-out logic of the paid penalty. It has no contexts, no mitigations; it is plain, raw, first-hand human stuff.”—The New York Times “Ethan Frome [has] become part of the American mythology. . . . Wharton’s astonishing authority here is to render such pain with purity and economy . . . Truly it is a northern romance, akin even to Wuthering Heights.”—Harold Bloom “Traditionally, Henry James has always been placed slightly higher up the slope of Parnassus than Edith Wharton. But now that the prejudice against the female writer is on the wane, they look to be exactly what they are: giants, equals, the tutelary and benign gods of our American literature.”—Gore Vidal

Ethan Frome

Two of the essays deal specifically with Ethan Frome ; some others touch on it .
KELLOGG , GRACE . The Two Lives of Edith Wharton : The Woman and Her
Work . New York : Appleton Century Crofts , 1965 . This biography is concerned
far ...

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ISBN: 0822004437

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Includes a biographical introduction about Edith Wharton, a list of characters, a commentary, notes on the major character, and more.

Ethan Frome

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.

Author: Edit Warton

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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.

Ethan Frome Annotated

Ethan Frome is a 1911 book by 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

Author: Edith Wharton

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Ethan Frome is a 1911 book by 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

Ethan Frome and Summer

ETHAN FROME SUMMER Edith Wharton , generally regarded as one of the
major figures in modern American literature , is known to a wide and
discriminating public as the chronicler of the manners and mores of New York
society in the early ...

Author: Edith Wharton

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ISBN: UVA:X006132063

Category: American fiction

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Sumer: Eighteen-year-old Charity Royall enjoys an idyllic summer romance with visiting architect Lucius Harney, a romance marred by her life in her poor mountain community and the amorous attentions of her guardian.

Adapted Classics Ethan Frome Se 95c

her the missing facts of Ethan Frome ' s story . But she would only mutter , in a low
voice , “ Yes , I knew them both . . . It was awful . . . " So I put my questions once
again to Harmon Gow . He told me that Ruth Varnum , who was now Mrs . Hale ...

Author: Globe Fearon

Publisher: Globe Adapted Classics

ISBN: 0835908550

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