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Summer by Edith Wharton
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Summer (original 1917; edition 1998)

by Edith Wharton

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Title:Summer
Authors:Edith Wharton
Info:Scribner (1998), Paperback, 256 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:sexuality, New England, orphans

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This book seems shocking for a well-regarded author in 1917. Seduction is the least of it--a single woman pregnant, an female doctor who can "solve the problem" (indicating how not-uncommon her predicament was, the the word "abortion" is not used), the actual mention of "the babe". And then she marries her adoptive father? I can't help but wonder--given he had already asked her twice--if that was considered perfectly acceptable then? Because a century later, that is the most disturbing part of the book.

There are so many things going on here that could be discussed--city boy vs country girl; young woman with a job she can't do but got through her adoptive father; nature vs nurture in her coming from the mountain.

Definitely still relevant, but also dated. ( )
  Dreesie | Feb 14, 2019 |
Boring ( )
  Sean_Murphy | Dec 23, 2017 |
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  Sean_Murphy | Dec 23, 2017 |
I was the only person in my sophomore English class that enjoyed reading Edith Wharton's "Ethan Frome" so it's no surprise to me that I really enjoyed her novel "Summer" as well all these years later. I find Wharton's characters to be unlikable people that you really want to root for anyway, (and that is a difficult balance to achieve in my experience.)

This novel is the story of Charity Royall, who was "brought down the mountain" and raised by a lawyer and his wife. Mrs. Royall dies and her benefactor sets his sights on marrying her. Charity also experiences a sexual awakening when she bumps into Mr. Harney at the local library.

While this work was controversial in Wharton's time, it is pretty tame today. I liked the story overall and Charity's growing knowledge of her circumstances was portrayed very well. I wouldn't put this up there with Wharton's best work, but it definitely was a worthwhile read. ( )
  amerynth | Oct 17, 2017 |
I'm adding Edith Wharton to the list of historical people I wish I could meet. ( )
  Pamici | Jul 13, 2017 |
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A girl came out of lawyer Royall’s house, at the end of the one street of North Dormer, and stood on the doorstep.
Edith Wharton was fifty-five years old when she wrote the novella "Summer" in 1917. (Introduction)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553214225, Mass Market Paperback)

Considered by some to be her finest work, Edith Wharton’s Summer created a sensation when first published in 1917, as it was one of the first novels to deal honestly with a young woman’s sexual awakening.

Summer is the story of Charity Royall, a child of mountain moonshiners adopted by a family in a poor New England town, who has a passionate love affair with Lucius Harney, an educated man from the city. Wharton broke the conventions of women’s romantic fiction by making Charity a thoroughly independent modern woman—in touch with her emotions and sexuality, yet kept from love and the larger world she craves by the overwhelming pressures of heredity and society.

Praised for its realism and honesty by such writers as Joseph Conrad and Henry James and compared to Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, Summer remains as fresh and powerful a novel today as when it was first written.

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Charity Royall enjoys an idyllic summer romance with visiting architect Lucius Harvey.

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Penguin Australia

2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0451525663, 0140186794

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