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Ethan Frome Audio


Free Resource (#582) - June 13th, 2008
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Ethan Frome

Listen to American author Edith Wharton's classic novel Ethan Frome. Set in the wintry New England town named Starkfield at the turn of the 20th century, this novel tells the story of Ethan Frome as he seeks to escape his sickly wife Zeena for his young, beautiful cousin Mattie. Running a modest 3 Hrs. and 15 Min., it's a great quick listen for newcomers and fans of the literature of Edith Wharton. This title is well narrated by Elizabeth Klett and is available to download on MP3 from LibriVox.org.

Ethan Frome

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The House Of Mirth

An immensely popular best-seller when published in 1905, The House of Mirth was Edith Wharton’s first great novel. Set among the elegant brownstones of New York City and opulent country houses like gracious Bellomont on the Hudson, the novel creates a satiric portrayal of what Wharton herself called “a society of irresponsible pleasure-seekers” with a precision comparable to that of Proust.

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Edith Wharton was the first woman to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize for literature. The Age of Innocence, published in 1920 and currently available for audio download, garnered her the award. As a member of New York's upper class society, Edith was able to write her novel about the morals and lifestyle of the elite from the point of view of a person living within the very circle she portrayed in the book. The plot centers around the society marriage of Newland Archer to his suitable bride May, and the love he feels for her cousin Ellen, whose status as a divorcee is a source of scandal to her family.

Edith was herself a divorcee, having left her husband after 28 years of marriage to enjoy a relationship with her partner, a journalist for The Times. One of her more popular works, Ethan Frome, which is also available on audio download, began the author's theme of writing about loveless marriages and adultery. Another one of her most famous books available on audio download is The House Of Mirth and it is considered her first great novel. This novel of manners satirically covers the New York ruling class. Edith Wharton was a complex woman and author, educated and opinionated, and her works will appeal to a wide audience of readers (and listeners!).

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