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Ethan Frome

Written by Edith Wharton

Part of the Collins Classics Series

Ethan Frome Synopsis

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. `He looked at her hair and longed to touch it again, and to tell her that it smelt of the woods; but he had never learned to say such things...' One harsh winter in 1900s New England, Ethan Frome toils at his farm while struggling to maintain a bearable existence with his forbidding wife, Zeena. When Ethan takes Zeena's cousin, Mattie, home from a dance he is entranced: Mattie brings with her the possibility for happiness, and with that she quickly becomes a symbol of hope for Ethan. First published in 1911, Ethan Frome is an intimate look at choices not made and lives not yet lived. Told through the eyes of a city outsider, this heartbreaking portrait of three lives haunted by thwarted dreams remains for many the most subtle and moving of Wharton's works.

Ethan Frome Press Reviews

`This love story has an emotional intensity made all the more poignant by the inarticulate reticence of Wharton's characters - a menage a trois consisting of Frome, his querulous wife and her young girl cousin. With quiet assurance, Wharton conveys passion, malaise and tragedy with memorable impact.' - Evening Standard

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008110543
Publication date: 15th January 2015
Author: Edith Wharton
Publisher: William Collins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 160 pages

About Edith Wharton

Edith Newbold Jones (Edith Wharton) (1862-1937) was born in New York City during the American Civil War. She enjoyed a diverse and successful career as an interior and garden designer, short story writer and celebrated novelist, and was famously the first woman to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

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