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Author: Edith Wharton
Summer, Edith Wharton wrote to Gaillard Lapsley, "is known to its author and her familars as the Hot Ethan." One of the first American novels to deal frankly with a young woman's sexual awakening, it was a publishing sensation when it appeared in 1917, praised by Joseph Conrad, Howard Sturgis, and Percy Lubbock, and favorably compared to ...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780684842585
ISBN-10: 0684842580
Publication Date: 6/3/1998
Pages: 256
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.

3.4 stars, based on 8 ratings
Publisher: Scribner
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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lawmom avatar reviewed Summer on
From the back of the book: Considered Edith Wharton's richest novel, and one of the first to deal with a woman's sexual awakening, SUMMER is the story of Charity Royall and her first summer as a woman.
susyclemens avatar reviewed Summer on + 158 more book reviews
My personal favorite book by Edith Wharton. The story of Charity Royall, a young woman from a small New England town. Her story takes place over the course of one summer, and her meeting with the young man who will change her life forever. Wharton captures perfectly Charity's inexperience; determination; beauty and longing.
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I prefer this book over Ethan Frome. It has been compared to Kate Chopin's The Awakening. It really captures a woman's sexual awakening very entrancing novel. One of my favorite required reads for a women's lit class I took in college.
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Nice and easy read. Classical and romantic/dramatic.
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"Beautifully sensuous, "Summer" is named for that never-to-be-repeated period when sexual love seems to be 'everything'...[when] there can be only one first romance - one beginning, one sexual initiation with its exhilarating illusion of unending ecstasy and unlimited opportunity...

"Summer" is a work of fiction that deals frankly with feminine sexuality as a powerful, shaping life-force [and creates] a complex and honest portrait of a girl's problems as she confronts maturity...
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This novel is a companion-piece to Ethan Frome and focuses on the rebelling of Charity Royall against a cheerless New England hill-town. Edith Wharton's novels are truly an American treasure.