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By Edith Wharton

Un joven ingeniero retenido por su trabajo en una pequeña localidad de Massachussets observa a un hombre lisiado y envejecido que recoge en l. a. oficina de correos una revista y un sobre con medicamentos. Es invierno y el ambiente del pueblo es claustrofóbico. El aspecto educado del hombre, los angeles edad que no corresponde a su físico, los misteriosos silencios y prevenciones que despierta su presencia en los demás, su vida casi aislada en una destartalada granja con dos mujeres, llevan a preguntarse al ingeniero por qué sigue viviendo en un sitio de donde, como dicen los lugareños, «casi todos los listos se marchan». Pero el hombre tiene un motivo para no haberse marchado, o para haberlo intentado y nunca conseguido: una historia en l. a. que se mezclan los angeles fatalidad del destino y todas las sutilezas del amor prohibido.

Ethan Frome (1911) es una nouvelle cuyo escenario −los pueblos y bosques de Nueva Inglaterra− es toda una tradición de l. a. más distinguida literatura norteamericana (de Hawthorne a Lovecraft) pero una excepción en una novelista esencialmente moderna y urbana como Edith Wharton. Sin embargo, desde su publicación, no dejaría de ser una de sus obras más características, uno de los ejemplos más celebrados de su sensibilidad y de su estilo. Un auténtico clásico norteamericano y una auténtica lección de arte narrativo.

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The Trinidadian historian, social critic, and activist intellectual C. L. R. James attested to reading vanity Fair regularly starting at the age of eight, learning the workings of the British class system while feeling their persistence in his own West Indian milieu; as James later commented, it was to Thackeray, even more than to Marx, that he owed his vocation. Worldly cynic, righteous prophet, tiresome companion, proto-Marxist social anatomist: the appellations are as contradictory as they are vivid and plausible.

Do not pretend, this voice admonishes us, that our individual modes of confronting the world (what we call our 舠personality舡) are anything but a cover for the emptiness that awaits us when alone. Thackeray, that is, is not interested in solitude per se but in the strange mixed condition of modern solitude, an aloneness that is situated squarely in the midst of a multitude. The novel is, after all, multitudinous, a vast panorama that takes in a wide range of geographical and social sites. Socially the novel traverses the range from the titled great舒Steyne and his hangers-on舒to the rural gentry, represented by the Pitt Crawleys, to the fashionable layers of London upper-middle-class society (which Thackeray delineates with great care), to the upwardly mobile middle-class elements within the city, to murkier layers of financial privation encountered by shopkeepers, small landowners, and even servants.

At some point in this period the novel舗s title had, momentously, changed. At first advertised to prospective publishers as 舠Pen and Pencil Sketches of English Society,舡 and later 舠The Novel without a Hero舡舒titles that linger on in the subtitles of the novel舗s serial and book publications, respectively舒Thackeray seems to have had an epiphany of sorts in late 1847 during a working holiday in Brighton, when 舠Vanity Fair,舡 with its reference to John Bunyan舗s Protestant allegory Pilgrim舗s Progress (1678,1684) as well as the biblical Book of Ecclesiastes, suddenly seemed to summarize his novel.

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