The time-travelling bookworm: ‘Ethan Frome’ by Edith Wharton

I studied this novella for a ‘Women in American Literature’ course. I ended up focusing exclusively on Edith Wharton! She wrote a really fascinating array of fiction. Published in 1911, Ethan Frome is a very sad, simple story, set in Massachusetts. Oddly, what I most remember about this book is that in an essay, I was considering the significance of a pickle dish belonging to Zeena, Ethan’s ill and resentful wife. I haven’t read the book since I studied it in 2008. Eventually I will re-read it. Considering how interested I was in Edith Wharton, I ought to read her again soon.

Catch up with previous posts in this series: Dreamweaver, Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Three of Diamonds, South Riding.

9 thoughts on “The time-travelling bookworm: ‘Ethan Frome’ by Edith Wharton”

  1. I’ve seen some beautiful pickle dishes! I wonder what the significance of that one was. I have to admit I haven’t read any Wharton, that I can remember anyway. Maybe I should start with this one?

    1. I can’t remember now, I’ll have to re-read! I recommend either Ethan Frome or Summer to begin with Wharton as they are both short reads.

  2. I finished reading Ethan Frome, had a cry, then reread the book. I remember feeling sorry for Zeena and wondering what her side of the story was.

  3. A pickle? Thatโ€™s interesting N! ๐Ÿ˜ And you know this has been sitting on my classics tbr for FR TOO LONG NOW. Maybe your post is a sign that I should get to it ASAP!

    1. There is always a lot more than you would think, especially when classic books are concerned! Look for the symbols ๐Ÿ˜‰ But actually if you were in the mood to try an American classic which doesn’t take long to read, this could be one for you.

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