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Title:
Readings on Ethan Frome
Author:
Smith, Christopher, 1963-
Publication Information:
San Diego, CA : Greenhaven Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
174 pages ; 23 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780737701999

9780737701982
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Book

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Summary

Summary

Edith Wharton's tragic novel depicts the ill-fated love between Ethan Frome and his wife's young cousin, Mattie Silver. Wharton uses recurring themes of love and betrayal in a rural New England setting to reveal her distaste for the unbending rules.


Summary

Edith Wharton's tragic novel depicts the ill-fated love between Ethan Frome and his wife's young cousin, Mattie Silver. Wharton uses recurring themes of love and betrayal in a rural New England setting to reveal her distaste for the unbending rules.


Author Notes

Chris Smith was born in 1970 and attended University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Graduate Film Program in 1995 after completing his film American Job. He met Mark Borchardt while editing American Job, and began filming a documentary about the making of Mark's psychological thriller Coven. Both films played at the Sundance Film Festival, and American Movie won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary. Sony bought the picture for $1 million. In 2016 Chris collaborated with Jon Stewart on the book The Daily Show: An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests which made The New York Times Best Seller List.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Chris Smith was born in 1970 and attended University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Graduate Film Program in 1995 after completing his film American Job. He met Mark Borchardt while editing American Job, and began filming a documentary about the making of Mark's psychological thriller Coven. Both films played at the Sundance Film Festival, and American Movie won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary. Sony bought the picture for $1 million. In 2016 Chris collaborated with Jon Stewart on the book The Daily Show: An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests which made The New York Times Best Seller List.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Table of Contents

R.W.B. LewisBarbara A. WhiteKenneth BernardJoseph X. BrennanHelge Normann NilsenR. Baird ShumanLev RaphaelAlfred KazinSusan GoodmanBlake NeviusAnja SalmiG.S. RahiRichard B. HoveyCarol WershovenLionel TrillingGeoffrey WaltonR.W.B. LewisBarbara A. WhiteKenneth BernardJoseph X. BrennanHelge Normann NilsenR. Baird ShumanLev RaphaelAlfred KazinSusan GoodmanBlake NeviusAnja SalmiG.S. RahiRichard B. HoveyCarol WershovenLionel TrillingGeoffrey Walton
Forewordp. 9
Introductionp. 11
Edith Wharton: A Biographyp. 13
Plot and Charactersp. 34
Chapter 1 The Sources and Setting of Ethan Frome
1. Autobiographical Sourcesp. 43
2. The New England Settingp. 49
Chapter 2 Style, Technique, and Theme in Ethan Frome
1. Imagery and Symbolism Reinforce the Novel's Meaningp. 60
2. The Narrator's Sensitivity Highlights the Novel's Themesp. 70
3. The Theme of Naturalismp. 81
4. Symbols Emphasize the Theme of Repressionp. 90
5. Shame's Dominion over Ethan Fromep. 95
6. The Theme of Illicit Lovep. 101
Chapter 3 Characters in Ethan Frome
1. The Male Narrator's View Controls the Reader's Perspectivep. 108
2. Ethan Expresses Wharton's Greatest Themesp. 114
3. Ethan and Entrapmentp. 120
4. Zeena Represents the Nineteenth-Century Female Rolep. 128
5. "Neurosis Conquers All": Zeena's Triumphp. 132
6. Mattie Silver as the Female Intruderp. 140
Chapter 4 The Case for and Against Ethan Frome
1. "A Dead Book": The Novel's Tragic Story Remains Flawedp. 145
2. Ethan Frome: A Truly Tragic Novelp. 154
Chronologyp. 160
For Further Researchp. 164
Works by Edith Whartonp. 166
Indexp. 168
Forewordp. 9
Introductionp. 11
Edith Wharton: A Biographyp. 13
Plot and Charactersp. 34
Chapter 1 The Sources and Setting of Ethan Frome
1. Autobiographical Sourcesp. 43
2. The New England Settingp. 49
Chapter 2 Style, Technique, and Theme in Ethan Frome
1. Imagery and Symbolism Reinforce the Novel's Meaningp. 60
2. The Narrator's Sensitivity Highlights the Novel's Themesp. 70
3. The Theme of Naturalismp. 81
4. Symbols Emphasize the Theme of Repressionp. 90
5. Shame's Dominion over Ethan Fromep. 95
6. The Theme of Illicit Lovep. 101
Chapter 3 Characters in Ethan Frome
1. The Male Narrator's View Controls the Reader's Perspectivep. 108
2. Ethan Expresses Wharton's Greatest Themesp. 114
3. Ethan and Entrapmentp. 120
4. Zeena Represents the Nineteenth-Century Female Rolep. 128
5. "Neurosis Conquers All": Zeena's Triumphp. 132
6. Mattie Silver as the Female Intruderp. 140
Chapter 4 The Case for and Against Ethan Frome
1. "A Dead Book": The Novel's Tragic Story Remains Flawedp. 145
2. Ethan Frome: A Truly Tragic Novelp. 154
Chronologyp. 160
For Further Researchp. 164
Works by Edith Whartonp. 166
Indexp. 168