"Three Lives In Supreme Torture" (New York Times, 1911)
By Edith Wharton
First printing of this great novel of American realism, a "Cruel, Compelling, Haunting Story of New England," according to the original New York Times review.
Very good plus.
"Mrs. Wharton has, in fact, chosen to build [...] a structure whose purpose is the infinite refinement of torture." – New York Times Review, 8 October, 1911
Best known for her tales of sparkling Gilded Age high society, Wharton is fundamentally a realist writer of the highest caliber. A contemporary review in the New York Times captures the reaction to ETHAN FROME upon publication, calling it "an impressive tragedy" amid numb shock at its "bald telling." A blistering classic of American realism.
Read more: Garrison, Edith Wharton: A Descriptive Bibliography, A 19.I.a.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1911. 7.5'' x 4.75''. Original red cloth, gilt-lettered front board and spine. Top edge gilt, other edges uncut (one of 2500 copies). Scribner's seal on title page. Publisher's ads at rear. , 195, , ,  pages. Bookplate on front pastedown, stamp erasure on rear pastedown. A couple spots to cloth, with some fading to spine; gilt bright, hinges sound.
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