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Book Basics

Author: Edith Wharton

Year Published: 1911

Type: Novella

Genre: Tragedy

Perspective and Narrator:

Ethan Frome is narrated by a third-person limited narrator, except for the prologue and epilogue, which are narrated by an unnamed first-person narrator. The two narrators can be seen as the same but distinct: the prologue and epilogue reveal the narrator's personal experiences, while the novel's main body shows Ethan's experiences as interpreted through other characters' retellings.


Ethan Frome is narrated in past tense.

About the Title:

Ethan Frome is named for its main character, a tragic hero.


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