I simply felt that he lived in a depth of moral isolation too remote for casual access, and I had the sense that his loneliness was not merely the result of his personal plight, tragic as I guessed that to be, but had in it, as Harmon Gow had hinted, the profound accumulated cold of many Starkfield winters. He meets Mattie the cousin and Zeena the wife. The situation existing in the House of Frome is an odd one and his natural curiosity spurs him to start an informal investigation into the life of Ethan Frome.
Her protagonists are most often tragic heroes or heroines portrayed as intelligent and emotional people who want more out of life. Her family on both sides was established, old-money New York business aristocracy.
Her ancestry was of the best English and Dutch strains. Edith had two older brothers: Because her brothers went to boarding school, and so were often away from home, Edith was essentially raised as an only child in a brownstone mansion on West Twenty-third Street in New York City.
The Jones family frequently took trips to the country and to Europe. Education and Early Work Edith did not attend school; according to the custom of the day for well-to-do young women, she was taught at home by her governess and tutors. She became proficient in French, German, and Italian.
Edith was fascinated with stories and began composing them herself when she was a child; she called the process "making-up. A year later, when Edith was only sixteen years old, she completed a 30, word novella entitled Fast and Loose, a story about manners that mocks high society.
At the age of seventeen, Edith was immersed in her books. She spent her time studying, reading, and writing and was indifferent to people her own age.
Worried about Edith, her parents decided that she should make her debut in society. Despite her natural shyness, she was a social success. In Augustat the age of nineteen, Edith became engaged to Harry Stevens, a prominent figure in New York society. By October of the same year, the engagement was broken as a result of meddling by the mothers of the engaged couple.
Teddy, who was thirteen years older than Edith, was from a socially acceptable Boston family. Teddy supported them both on his inherited income, which made it possible for the couple to live in New York and Newport, and to travel to Europe frequently.
Inthey moved into their mansion, "The Mount," in Lenox, Massachusetts. Having collaborated with architect Ogden Codman on a book entitled The Decoration of HousesEdith put her knowledge to use and provided input regarding the design of the mansion as well as the interior decoration.
Though they were intellectually and sexually incompatible, the Whartons lived a companionable and expensive life, traveling back and forth between Europe and the United States.
Soon, however, events began to cloud their marriage. His health and mental stability became progressively worse and required increasingly prolonged therapeutic trips to Europe. Inthe Whartons settled in France in the fashionable Rue de Varenne.
Her tragic love story, Ethan Frome, was published in to much success and acclaim. Eventually, Edith and Teddy began living apart, and inEdith divorced Teddy because of his unstable mental health and acts of adultery.
Edith was also guilty of adultery. The French Years After her divorce, Edith continued to visit the United States to retain her American citizenship, even though she chose to live permanently in France. During World War I, Edith established two organizations for war refugees: She also made several visits to the French front where she distributed medical supplies and made observations from which she wrote war essays influencing Americans to support the Allied cause.
As a fund-raiser she organized The Book of the Homelessan illustrated anthology of war writings by well-known authors and artists of the time.
Edith won the French Legion of Honor and was awarded many decorations by the French and Belgian governments for her contributions to charity. She continued her charitable efforts after the war by providing aid to tubercular patients in France. InEdith purchased two homes in France: Claire in Hyeres, and the Pavillon Colombe, located north of Paris.
Both homes had elaborate gardens where Edith immersed herself. Because she felt as though she had been cut off from the life she knew before the war, she was anxious to re-establish friendships and stability. Edith continued to write until her death in Hyeres, France on August 11, at the age of She was buried in a cemetery at Versailles in France.
Career Highlights After publishing her first volume of short stories, The Greater Inclination inEdith produced numerous novels, travel books, short stories including many ghost storiesand poems. Edith is perhaps best known for her novels depicting New York aristocratic life and the complicated struggle of the individual with the conventions of a powerful, and triumphant, moneyed class.
Edith received much acclaim for her lifelong devotion to writing. She is considered one of the leading American authors of the twentieth century. Because of her humanitarian endeavors and contributions to literature, Edith became the first woman to receive an honorary doctorate from Yale University inand in she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow us.
Mattie will be staying at the Frome's New England Farm, and in the passing year, Ethan becomes a new man as Mattie brings out a passionate side in him. When Mattie is forced to leave, Ethan is desperate to make a change in his life as well. The results are tragic. Edith Wharton's descriptions of the time, the place and the people are perfect/5(5).
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