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Edith Wharton’s Introduction to Ethan Frome (1911)

Sometimes it’s best for an author to introduce his or her own story; sometimes it isn’t. Is it better to have a dispassionate eye trained on the story to unearth hidden meanings and perspectives, or is it the author who knows the tale best? Here is Edith Wharton’s introduction to Ethan Frome, her classic short novel.

Has she expanded upon a readers’ view, or complicated the spare, haunting tale? An argument can be made for either side. What do you think?


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