Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

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by Edith Wharton

Tragedy Realism Isolation Desire vs. Duty The Power and Impact of Environment Personal Tragedy

2 hours 54 minutes

Ethan Frome is a novel written by Edith Wharton and published in 1911.

It is set in the fictitious town of Starkfield, Massachusetts, the narrator sets out to learn about the life of a mysterious local named Ethan Frome, who had a tragic accident some twenty years earlier.

An employee of an electrical company has been sent to survey the area of ​​a small town in Massachusetts. There he will be sheltered, on a stormy night, by Ethan Frome who throughout the evening will explain his love affairs with Zeena, his first and sickly wife, and Mattie, Zeena's cousin who was taking care of her in her illness and who returned Ethan's love.

This book is one of Edith Warton's most characteristic works and one of the most celebrated examples of her sensibility and style. A true American classic and a true lesson in narrative art.

In 1993 this book was adapted for the cinema. It was directed by John Philip Madden, and featured Liam Neeson and Joan Allen among its cast.


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About Edith Wharton

She was an American novelist, short story writer, and designer and she became, for her novel The Age of Innocence, the first woman to win the Pulit...

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I want to put my hand out and touch you. I want to do for you and care for you. I want to be there when you're sick and when you're lonesome


Even then he was the most striking figure in Starkfield, though he was but the ruin of a man.


He knew that most young men made nothing at all of giving a pretty girl a kiss, and he remembered that the night before, when he had put his arm about Mattie, she had not resisted. But that had been out-of-doors, under the open irresponsible night. Now, in the warm lamplit room, with all its ancient implications of conformity and order, she seemed infinitely farther away from him and more unapproachable.


I took him for an old man and was surprised to hear that he was not more than fifty-two.


At other times her silence seemed deliberately assumed to conceal far-reaching intentions, mysterious conclusions drawn from suspicions and resentments impossible to guess.

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