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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 proud and independent 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 young man from the city. Wharton broke the conventions of woman's romantic fiction by making Charity a thoroughly contemporary woman--in touch with her feelings and sexuality, yet kept from love and the larger world she craves by the overwhelming pressures of environment and heredity. Praised for its realism and candor by such writers as Joseph Conrad and Henry James and compared to Flaubert's "Madame Bovary," "Summer" was one of Wharton's personal favorites of all her novels and remains as fresh and relevant today as when it was first written.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780684842585
ISBN-10: 0684842580
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 140mm x 15mm)
Pages: 255
Imprint: Prentice Hall & IBD
Publisher: Prentice Hall (a Pearson Education company)
Publish Date: 22-Jun-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton was born in 1862 into one of New York's older and richer families and was educated here and abroad. Her works include the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Age of Innocence, Twilight Sleep, The Custom of the Country, and The House of Mirth. As a keen observer and chronicler of society, she is without peer. Edith Wharton died in France in 1937.

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