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Ethan Frome and Other Short Fiction by Edith Wharton, Mary Gordon

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Considered by some to be her finest work Edith Wharton s Summer created a sensation when first published in as it was one of the first novels to deal honestly with a young woman s sexual awakening Summer is the story of proud and independent Charity Royall a child of mountain moonshiners adopted by a family in a poor New England town who has a passionate love affair with Lucius Harney an educated young man from the city Wharton broke the conventions of woman s romantic fiction by making Charity a thoroughly contemporary woman in touch with her feelings and sexuality yet kept from love and the larger world she craves by the overwhelming pressures of environment and heredity Praised for its realism and candor by such writers as Joseph Conrad and Henry James and compared to Flaubert s Madame Bovary Summer was one of Wharton s personal favorites of all her novels and remains as fresh and relevant today as when it was first written, Ethan Frome works his unproductive farm and struggles to maintain a bearable existence with his difficult suspicious and hypochondriac wife Zeena But when Zeena 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 br br In one of American fiction s finest and most intense narratives Edith Wharton moves this ill starred trio toward their tragic destinies Different in both tone and theme from Wharton s other works Ethan Frome has become perhaps her most enduring and most widely read novel, Nan and Jinny St George have both wealth and beauty in generous supply In the New York society of the s however only those with old money can achieve the status of the elite and it is here that the sisters seem doomed to failure br br Nan s new governess Laura Testvalley herself an outsider takes pity on their plight and launches them instead on the unsuspecting British aristocracy Lords dukes marquesses and MPs it seems not only appreciate beauty but also the money that New York s i nouveaux riches i can supply br br A love story of love and marriage among the old and new moneyed classes i The Buccaneers i is a delicately perceptive portrayal of a world on the brink of change, These short works display Wharton s talent as a satirist skilled at dissecting the elements of emotional subtleties moral ambiguities and the implications of social constrictions Cythina Griffin Wolfe from the Introduction br br Roman fever br Xingu br The other two br Souls belated br The angel at the grave br The last asset br After Holbein br Autres temps