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The Resource Ethan Frome & Summer

Ethan Frome & Summer

Label
Ethan Frome & Summer
Title
Ethan Frome & Summer
Statement of responsibility
Edith Wharton
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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
Summary
Ethan Frome works his unproductive farm and struggles to maintain a bearable existence with his difficult, suspicious, and hypochondriac wife, Zeenie. But when Zeenie's vivacious cousin enters their household as a "hired girl", Ethan finds himself obsessed with her and with the possibilities for happiness she comes to represent
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061932
Cataloging source
HCO
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1862-1937
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Edith Wharton
Dewey number
813.52
Index
no index present
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1090
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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Fiction / Classics
Target audience
adult
Label
Ethan Frome & Summer
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Publication
Control code
ODILO:034300004060
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780307808509
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Ethan Frome & Summer
Publication
Control code
ODILO:034300004060
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780307808509
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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