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Considered by some to be her finest work, Edith Wharton& #8217; s < b> Summer< /b> created a sensation when first published in 1917, as it was one of the first novels to deal honestly with a young woman& #8217; s sexual awakening.< br> < br> < b> Summer< /b> 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& #8217; s romantic fiction by making Charity a thoroughly independent modern woman& #8212; 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.< br> < br> Praised for its realism and honesty by such writers as Joseph Conrad and Henry James and compared to Flaubert& #8217; s < b> Madame Bovary< /b> < i> , < /i> < b> Summer< /b> remains as fresh and powerful a novel today as when it was first written.< br> < br> < br> < i> From the Paperback edition.< /i>

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The child of mountain moonshiners, eighteen-year-old Charity Royall enjoys an affair with an educated young man from the city, but feels separated from the larger world by her drunken guardian and the overwhelming pressures of environment and heredity. Reissue.

Synopsis:

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

About the Author

The upper stratum of New York society into which Edith Wharton was born in 1862 provided her with an abundance of material as a novelist but did not encourage her growth as an artist. Educated by tutors and governesses, she was raised for only one career: marriage. But her marriage, in 1885, to Edward Wharton was an emotional disappointment, if not a disaster. She suffered the first of a series of nervous breakdowns in 1894. In spite of the strain of her marriage, or perhaps because of it, she began to write fiction and published her first story in 1889.

Her first published book was a guide to interior decorating, but this was followed by several novels and story collections. They were written while the Whartons lived in Newport and New York, traveled in Europe, and built their grand home, The Mount, in Lenox, Massachusetts. In Europe, she met Henry James, who became her good friend, traveling companion, and the sternest but most careful critic of her fiction. The House of Mirth (1905) was both a resounding critical success and a bestseller, as was Ethan Frome (1911). In 1913 the Whartons were divorced, and Edith took up permanent residence in France. Her subject, however, remained America, especially the moneyed New York of her youth. Her great satiric novel, The Custom of the Country was published in 1913 and The Age of Innocence won her the Pulitzer Prize in 1921.

In her later years, she enjoyed the admiration of a new generation of writers, including Sinclair Lewis and F. Scott Fitzgerald. In all, she wrote some thirty books, including an autobiography. A Backwards Glance (1934). She died at her villa near Paris in 1937.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780553904437
Publisher:
Bantam Books
Subject:
Fiction : Classics
Author:
Edith Wharton
Author:
Wharton, Edith
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one author)
Subject:
Novels and novellas
Subject:
General
Subject:
Berkshire Hills (Mass.) Fiction.
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Romance
Subject:
Berkshire Hills
Subject:
Fathers and daughters
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Audio Books-Literature
Subject:
Horror - General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
19930701
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
224

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"Synopsis" by , The child of mountain moonshiners, eighteen-year-old Charity Royall enjoys an affair with an educated young man from the city, but feels separated from the larger world by her drunken guardian and the overwhelming pressures of environment and heredity. Reissue.
"Synopsis" by , Charity Royall enjoys an idyllic summer romance with visiting architect Lucius Harvey.
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