Synopses & Reviews
Edith Wharton herself drew many connections between her two novellas--Ethan Frome and Summer--which address the consequences of forbidden sexual passion and the tragedy of thwarted dreams. While Wharton continues to be one of the most frequently taught American writers, this New Riverside Edition volume is the first to pair these texts along with supporting critical and contextual materials. Supplementary materials include related writing about the Berkshires, essays about cultural norms in New England, and critical essays.
About the Author
Paul Lauter is the Smith Professor of Literature at Trinity College. He has served as president of the American Studies Association and is a major figure in the revision of the American literary canon.
Table of Contents
About This Series Introduction A Note on the Texts I. Ethan Frome (1911) II. Summer (1917) III. Contexts Edith Wharton, From A Backward Glance (1934) Roderick Peattie et al., From The Berkshires: The Purple Hills (1948) "Fatal Coasting Accident" From Berkshire Evening Eagle (1904) John Reid, "Hypochondria" From Essays on Hypochondriacal and Other Nervous Affections (1817) Barbara A. White, From Wharton's New England (1995) Rowland Evans Robinson, From "Glimpses of New England Farm Life" (1878) Linda Gordon, From "Incest and Resistance: Patterns of Father-Daughter Incest, 1880-1930" (1986) Edith Wharton, "Beatrice Palmato" (n.d.) Frances Sargent Osgood, "New England's Mountain-Child" (1838) Dorothy Schneider and Carl H. Schneider, "The Work Experience: Factory Workers," From American Women in the Progressive Era, 1900-1920 (1992) Carolyn J. Lawes, "The Sewing Circle," From Women and Reform in a New England Community, 1815-1860 (2000) IV. Critical Readings On Ethan Frome Jean Frantz Blackall, From "The Sledding Accident in Ethan Frome" Samuel Fisher Dodson, From "Frozen Hell: Edith Wharton's Tragic Offering" Richard B. Hovey, "Zeena: A Compelling Portrait of a Neurotic" From Ethan Frome: A Controversy About Modernizing It" Gary Scharnhorst, "The Two Faces of Mattie Silver" R. Baird Shuman, From "The Continued Popularity of Ethan Frome" On Summer Jean Frantz Blackall, "Charity at the Window: Narrative Technique in Edith Wharton's Summer" Linda Morante, From "The Desolation of Charity Royall: Imagery in Edith Wharton's Summer" Christine Rose, Summer: The Double Sense of Wharton's Title" Rhonda Skillern, From "Becoming a 'Good Girl': Law, Language, and Ritual in Edith Wharton's Summer" Monika M. Elbert, From "The Politics of Maternality in Summer" Nancy A. Walker, "'Seduced and Abandoned': Convention and Reality in Edith Wharton's Summer" Works Cited For Further Reading