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Summer Edith Wharton

Summer By Edith Wharton

Summer by Edith Wharton


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Summary

Charity Royall yearns to escape her dull existence in the New England backwater where she lives with her guardian. When her sexual nature is awakened, darker undercurrents in the community threaten her future happiness. The 'hot' counterpart to Ethan Frome, and equally memorable, Summer was regarded by Wharton as one of her best works.

Summer Summary

Summer by Edith Wharton

'Can't you see that I don't care what anybody says?' Charity Royall lives in the small New England village of North Dormer. Born among outcasts from the Mountain beyond, she is rescued by lawyer Royall and lives with him as his ward. Never allowed to forget her disreputable origins Charity despises North Dormer and rebels against the stifling dullness of the tight-knit community surrounding her. Her boring job in the local library is interrupted one day by the arrival of a young visiting architect, Lucius Harney, whose good looks and sophistication arouse her passionate nature. As their relationship grows, so too does Charity's conflict with her guardian; darker undercurrents start to come to the surface. Summer is often compared to Wharton's other New England story, Ethan Frome, and it shares the same intensity of feeling and repression. Wharton regarded it as one of her best works, and its compelling story of burgeoning sexuality and illicit desire has a strikingly modern and troubling ambiguity. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Summer Reviews

The ending is harsh, indeed shocking on account of a theme of incest which haunts the narrative, yet the psychology of the novel is far ahead of its time, beautifully expressed, and still instructive as to the fate of women in societies where they have no agency or power. Wharton fans will not be disappointed. * Oxford Today, Richard Lofthouse *
So, there's lots here to ponder, and lots to enjoy. This edition has an excellent and informative introduction by Laura Rattray, plus all the textual and explanatory notes, chronologies, and bibliographies any curious person could possibly want. But if you don't care for all those extras, just read the novel. You'll love it. * Harriet Devine, Shiny New Books *

About Edith Wharton

Laura Rattray has published widely on the life and work of Edith Wharton, serving on the executive board of the Wharton Society (2007-9) and the editorial board of The Edith Wharton Review (2008-present). She has edited The Unpublished Writings of Edith Wharton (2 vols, 2009) and Edith Wharton's The Custom of the Country: A Reassessment (2010) and for CUP, Edith Wharton in Context (2012).

Additional information

GOR007033132
9780198709985
0198709986
Summer by Edith Wharton
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Oxford University Press
2015-08-13
208
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