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Wharton, Edith, 1862-1937.

Ethan Frome ; Summer ; Bunner sisters / Edith Wharton ; introduction by Hermione Lee. - London : Everyman's library 2008. - xlvii, 366 p. ; 21 cm. - Everyman's library 312 . - Everyman's library .

"These brilliantly wrought, tragic novellas explore the repressed emotions and destructive passions of working-class people far removed from the social milieu usually inhabited by Edith Wharton's characters. "Ethan Frome" is one of Wharton's most famous works; it is a tightly constructed and almost unbearably heartbreaking story of forbidden love in a snowbound New England village. "Summer", also set in rural New England, is often considered a companion to "Ethan Frome" - Wharton herself called it 'the hot Ethan' - in its portrayal of a young woman's sexual and social awakening."Bunner Sisters" takes place in the narrow, dusty streets of late-nineteenth-century New York, where the constrained but peaceful lives of two spinster shopkeepers are shattered when they meet a man who becomes the unworthy focus of all their pent-up hopes. All three of these novellas feature realistic and haunting characters as vivid as any Wharton ever conjured, and together they provide a superb introduction to the shorter fiction of one of America's greatest writers." - Copac

9780307268259 (US) 9781841593128 (UK)


Farm life--New England--Fiction.
Unrequited love --Fiction.
Married people--Fiction.
Young women--Massachusetts--Fiction.
Single women--New York (State)--New York--Fiction.


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