‘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.
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THE VALLEY OF DECISION
THE HOUSE OF MIRTH
THE FRUIT OF THE TREE
THE CUSTOM OF THE COUNTRY
THE AGE OF INNOCENCE
THE GLIMPSES OF THE MOON
MADAME DE TREYMES
The Short Story Collections
THE GREATER INCLINATION
THE DESCENT OF MAN AND OTHER STORIES
THE HERMIT AND THE WILD WOMAN AND OTHER STORIES
TALES OF MEN AND GHOSTS
UNCOLLECTED EARLY SHORT STORIES
XINGU AND OTHER STORIES
The Short Stories
LIST OF STORIES IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF STORIES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
THE JOY OF LIVING
ARTEMIS TO ACTAEON AND OTHER VERSES
ALPHABETICAL LIST OF THE COMPLETE POEMS
THE DECORATION OF HOUSES
ITALIAN VILLAS AND THEIR GARDENS
A MOTOR-FLIGHT THROUGH FRANCE
FRANCE, FROM DUNKERQUE TO BELFORT
FRENCH WAYS AND THEIR MEANING
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The beautiful, much-desired Lily Bart has been raised to be one of the perfect wives of the wealthy upper class, but her spark of character and independent drive prevents her from becoming one of the many women who will succeed in those circles. Though her desire for a comfortable life means that she cannot marry for love without money, her resistance to the rules of the social elite endangers her many marriage proposals. As Lily spirals down into debt and dishonor, her story takes on the resonance of classic tragedy. One of Wharton's most bracing and nuanced portraits of the life of women in a hostile, highly ordered world, The House of Mirth exposes the truths about American high society that its denizens most wished to deny. With an introduction by Pamela Knights.
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