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Ethan Frome

The works listed will allow your students to further explore the theme of The Effects of Isolation and other themes related to Ethan Frome:


Fiction
Davis, Owen and Donald. Ethan Frome: A Dramatization. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1936. Based on the novel. (average)

Hardy, Thomas. Jude the Obscure. Although the title character of this English novel pursues his dreams of an education and a life with the woman he loves, Jude Fawley is destroyed by a series of crushing disappointments. (challenge)

Flaubert, Gustave. Madame Bovary. This famous French novel of adultery portrays the life and death of an unhappy woman who tries and fails to find romantic fulfillment in an affair. (challenge)


Nonfiction
Howe, Irbing, ed. Edith Wharton: A Collection of Critical Essays. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1962. A range of essays about Wharton's work, including "On Ethan Frome" by Blake Nevius, which give teachers insight into Wharton's writing. (challenge)

Lewis, R.W.B. Edith Wharton: A Biography. New York: Harper & Row, 1975. This detailed biography, which won a Pulitzer Prize, is invaluable for teachers. (challenge)

Lubbock, Percy. Portrait of Edition Wharton. New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1947. Written by a friend, this book is an informal look at Wharton's life. (easy)