Summer (Barnes & Noble Digital Library) [NOOK Book]

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This edition includes a modern introduction and a list of suggested further reading.
 

One of America's first novels to deal frankly with a young woman's sexual awakening, Summer shocked readers with its forthright exploration of desire and sexuality. Set in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts, it tells the story of Charity Royall, a young New England woman of humble origins who meets and ...
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Overview


This edition includes a modern introduction and a list of suggested further reading.
 

One of America's first novels to deal frankly with a young woman's sexual awakening, Summer shocked readers with its forthright exploration of desire and sexuality. Set in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts, it tells the story of Charity Royall, a young New England woman of humble origins who meets and falls in love with the worldly Lucius Harney, an architect from the city. In evocative and descriptive prose, Edith Wharton conveys the ecstasy of Charity's first experience in sexual and romantic love, and pulls her heroine through the throes of loving a man who ultimately cannot choose her. Wharton's tale elicits the passion and despair of all great but ill-fated love affairs and enthralls the contemporary reader with its pathos just as it did nearly one hundred years ago.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781411466944
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble
  • Publication date: 3/13/2012
  • Series: Barnes & Noble Digital Library
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 725,315
  • File size: 273 KB

Meet the Author


Edith Newbold Jones was born January 24, 1862, into such wealth and privilege that her family inspired the phrase "keeping up with the Joneses." The youngest of three children, Edith spent her early years touring Europe with her parents and, upon the family's return to the United States, enjoyed a privileged childhood in New York and Newport, Rhode Island. Edith's creativity and talent soon became obvious: By the age of eighteen she had written a novella, (as well as witty reviews of it) and published poetry in the Atlantic Monthly.

After a failed engagement, Edith married a wealthy sportsman, Edward Wharton. Despite similar backgrounds and a shared taste for travel, the marriage was not a success. Many of Wharton's novels chronicle unhappy marriages, in which the demands of love and vocation often conflict with the expectations of society. Wharton's first major novel, The House of Mirth, published in 1905, enjoyed considerable Literary Success. Ethan Frome appeared six years later, solidifying Wharton's reputation as an important novelist. Often in the company of her close friend, Henry James, Wharton mingled with some of the most famous writers and artists of the day, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, André Gide, Sinclair Lewis, Jean Cocteau, and Jack London.

In 1913 Edith divorced Edward. She lived mostly in France for the remainder of her life. When World War I broke out, she organized hostels for refugees, worked as a fund-raiser, and wrote for American publications from battlefield frontlines. She was awarded the French Legion of Honor for her courage and distinguished work.

Biography

Edith Newbold Jones was born January 24, 1862, into such wealth and privilege that her family inspired the phrase "keeping up with the Joneses." The youngest of three children, Edith spent her early years touring Europe with her parents and, upon the family's return to the United States, enjoyed a privileged childhood in New York and Newport, Rhode Island. Edith's creativity and talent soon became obvious: By the age of eighteen she had written a novella, (as well as witty reviews of it) and published poetry in the Atlantic Monthly.

After a failed engagement, Edith married a wealthy sportsman, Edward Wharton. Despite similar backgrounds and a shared taste for travel, the marriage was not a success. Many of Wharton's novels chronicle unhappy marriages, in which the demands of love and vocation often conflict with the expectations of society. Wharton's first major novel, The House of Mirth, published in 1905, enjoyed considerable Literary Success. Ethan Frome appeared six years later, solidifying Wharton's reputation as an important novelist. Often in the company of her close friend, Henry James, Wharton mingled with some of the most famous writers and artists of the day, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, André Gide, Sinclair Lewis, Jean Cocteau, and Jack London.

In 1913 Edith divorced Edward. She lived mostly in France for the remainder of her life. When World War I broke out, she organized hostels for refugees, worked as a fund-raiser, and wrote for American publications from battlefield frontlines. She was awarded the French Legion of Honor for her courage and distinguished work.

The Age of Innocence, a novel about New York in the 1870s, earned Wharton the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1921 -- the first time the award had been bestowed upon a woman. Wharton traveled throughout Europe to encourage young authors. She also continued to write, lying in her bed every morning, as she had always done, dropping each newly penned page on the floor to be collected and arranged when she was finished. Wharton suffered a stroke and died on August 11, 1937. She is buried in the American Cemetery in Versailles, France.

Author biography from the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of The Age of Innocence.

Good To Know

Upon the publication of The House of Mirth in 1905, Wharton became an instant celebrity, and the the book was an instant bestseller, with 80,000 copies ordered from Scribner's six weeks after its release.

Wharton had a great fondness for dogs, and owned several throughout her life.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Edith Newbold Jones Wharton (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 24, 1862
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Death:
      August 11, 1937
    2. Place of Death:
      Saint-Brice-sous-Forêt, France

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  • Posted February 16, 2010

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    Gave up...

    Okay,I fully admit to not being a reader of the classics but every once in a while I have to give one a try (I usually pick a small one). I gave this one a try four times and could never get past chapter two. Took it to work to loan to co-workers. It would leave and then come back quickly, each time abandoned. I found Wharton's story telling lifeless. Maybe it's just this particular book and possibly I'll give her another try but certainly not in the near future.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2002

    Mixed

    While I am a huge fan of Edith Wharton's other novels, Summer does not match their standard. It is contrived, and the emotional tenor is unrealistic. While it is well worth reading for those with a deep interest in all of Wharton's writings, readers who are new to Wharton should start with the Age of Innocence or Ethan Frome. I would say this is inferior to the House of Mirth and Custom of the Country as well.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2008

    A reviewer

    This novel contains all the elements of 'hot' chick lit: A young girl is adopted by a distinguished man with a seedy side. Bored with her life in a small town, she finds romance with a guy visiting from the big city. They have a summer of adventure and secret passion until she tetters on ruin. This is an interesting and fun classic.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2003

    Moving and Richly Written

    Summer is a fascinating portrayal of human nature, richly descriptive yet brief in dialogue. Hold on for a captivating ride as you experience the change in perspective that comes from the transition from adolescence to adulthood through the eyes of main character Charity. But there are additional interesting curves in the road involving pivotal transformations and realizations by other central characters as well. The characters in this novel, like its setting North Dormer, are far from perfect. They possess both good and bad qualities. They experience regret and tribulation as well as moments of strength and admiration. They know they can be better -- reach their full potential -- if only they can get out of this dismal place. The grass has to be greener, or so they believe. But, life's realities give them a new perspective. Out of their flaws, they find resolution. While we may not agree with the outcome (possibly because of cultural and societal differences from the time of the novel to now), it no doubt adds mystery and, yes, reality to the story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2001

    Summer is a sensational novel

    Summer is a novel that shows the passions between a man and a woman. Charity, a woman who should be born in today's world, but tragically stuck in a world where a dowry matters. The passion they feel is unordtodox and they feel no regret over what transpired between them. 'She threw her back proudly.'I ain't ever been sorry-not a minute'' 149 She feels no regret, but pride in the passion that they felt even though society scorns her and tries to break her.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2000

    Loved it!!!

    I read this book for a book report in my american lit class, and I loved it. Wharton's writing kept me interested, and I loved the story. Although I was disappointed in the ending(it wasn't what I wanted), I recommend this book to poeple who love romance. The vivid descriptions of the setting made it easy to picture in my mind. Read this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2014

    Dubious Publishing

    There is no real publishing information besides it being published through CreateSpace. It might be illegally published without the copyright holder's consent. There is also an obvious typo on the back cover. And the text on the back cover isn't designed properly. The text isn't neatly wrapped within the text box, and the words are being broken-up at the end of almost every line.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    DEAR GAVE UP:

    Please read something else of Wharton's and try this one again, perhaps a collection of her short stories. I'd hate for you to totally be turned off. Sometimes it is easier to understand something of this magnitude if you take baby steps by gently familiarizing yourself with the author's writing style and voice. Biographical familiarity also helps. I'm used to classics and there are many it took several tries for me to stomach. Recently I read Clara Laughlin's "Children Of Tomorrow." When I got the book I could barely get through the first 3 chapters it was that dull. But one weekend about 3 months ago, my internet went down and I had nothing new to read, so I went back to it and found there was alot more to the story than I was willing to admit at the time. I loved the book so much I started looking for other stuff. I guess what I'm trying to say is don't give up. True fact: It took me 4 times being forced to read The Great Gatsby, forr me to find something redeeming in it. If I can try that hard, you can too..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

    Not her best

    This is not a fair example of Wharton's work

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    Posted October 30, 2011

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooioooooooooooooo

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