With an Introduction by Dr Pamela Knights, Department of English Studies, Durham University With this intensely moving short novel, Edith Wharton set out ?to draw life as it really was in the lonely villages and desolate farms of the harsh New England mountains. Through the eyes of a visitor from the city, trapped for a winter in snowbound Starkfield, readers glimpse the hidden histories of this austere and beautiful land. Piecing together the story of monosyllabic Ethan Frome, his grim wife, Zeena, and Mattie Silver, her charming cousin, Wharton explores psychological dead-lock frustration, longing, resentment, passion. First published in 1911, the novella stunned its public with its consummate handling of the unfolding drama, and has remained for many readers the most compelling and subtle of all Wharton's fiction. AUTHOR: In addition to her famous novels, Wharton wrote at least 85 short stories, and was also a highly regarded landscape architect, interior designer, and taste-maker of her time. She authored several influential books, including her first published work, 'The Decoration of Houses', co-authored by Ogden Codman, and 'Italian Villas and Their Gardens'.
- Publication Date:
- 27 / 09 / 1999