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ISBN: 0684842580
Author: Marilyn French,Edith Wharton
Language: English
Publisher: Scribner; Reprint edition (June 3, 1998)
Pages: 256
Category: Humanities
Subcategory: Other
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 377
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Wharton drew upon her insider's knowledge of the upper class New York "aristocracy" to realistically portray the lives and morals of the Gilded Age. She was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 1921. She was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1996.

Marilyn French is also a literary critic, her articles and stories appear in a wide range of journals and anthologies. She has taught at Hofstra, Harvard and the College of the Holy Cross and has received a Harvard Centennial Medal. Marilyn French died in May 2009. Also by Marilyn French. The Book as World: James Joyce’s Ulysses. Shakespeare’s Division of Experience.

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 Madame Bovary.

One day as she sat alone in the library pondering these things the wallsof books began to spin around her, and the rosewood desk to rock underher elbows. The dizziness was followed by a wave of nausea like that shehad felt on the day of the exercises in the Town Hall. But the Town Hallhad been crowded and stiflingly hot, and the library was empty, and sochilly that she had kept on her jacket.

A collection of beautifully-crafted short stories. They are set in Italy, France and America and are powerful portraits of women who live in 'the world of propriety' at the turn of the century

A collection of beautifully-crafted short stories. They are set in Italy, France and America and are powerful portraits of women who live in 'the world of propriety' at the turn of the century. They tell of the emotions women feel: in love, in jealousy, when they long for children or seek independence - and when their passions lead them to overstep the bounds laid down by exacting conventions. We see too what happens to those strong enough to break the rules but rarely strong enough to live forever beyond the pale of the society that has banished them.

the introduction blabs on and on about its eroticism, and how scandalous it is. so i have devised a little drinking game

the introduction blabs on and on about its eroticism, and how scandalous it is. so i have devised a little drinking game.

Antiquarian & Collectible Books in English. Breverton's Nautical Curiosities: A Book of the Sea. Each month we recycle over million books, saving over tonnes of books a year from going straight into landfill sites. Introduction by Marilyn French.

She involves us in an atmosphere of beauty and romance, that lead us to profound thinking about life. Sad and beautiful, gripping and classic.

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 Madame Bovary. Like its predecessor, Ethan Frome, it is set in the Berkshires, but the season is summer and the story is that of Charity Royall, a New Englander of humble origins – passionate, forthright, and proud – and her torrid affair with.

She was educated by private tutors and governesses at home and in Europe, where the family resided.

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 Madame Bovary. Like its predecessor, Ethan Frome, it is set in the Berkshires, but the season is summer and the story is that of Charity Royall, a New Englander of humble origins -- passionate, forthright, and proud -- and her torrid affair with Lucius Harney, an artistically inclined young man from the city. A novel that "breaks, or stretches, many conventions of women's romantic love stories and in the process creates a new picture of female sexuality," as Marilyn French writes in her introduction, Summer is "a clamorous and ecstatic affirmation of the joy of sexual love no matter what it costs." Bold in conception, rich in imagery, and provocative by implication, it was one of Edith Wharton's personal favorites, and stands as one of her greatest novelistic achievements.

Comments:

Nagor
[Note: do not read the spoiler review by "George & Georgia Eliot" on this site before you read the book (I'm glad I didn't) since the reviewer reveals the plot line even in the title of the review. Hey, thanks a lot. Don't you know you're supposed to put "spoiler alert" on things like that?] As for SUMMER itself, it was a delightful surprise from Wharton. One of the few books in which she actually admits that her characters have sex (oh, my) and actually does it tastefully and in strict accordance with the characters' natures and the plot itself. The ending was a stunning surprise, and this from a huge Wharton fan, who found this book accidentally for the Kindle. Thank you, those who made this book available for free, but I would've paid to read this one. SUMMER is one of the best books Wharton ever wrote. Thumbs up on character development, irony, plot, dialogue, etc. Great read. 5*
Mitynarit
Reading Edith Wharton is a deep pleasure and a privilege. "Summer" reminds one of her powers to perceive both the outer and inner world in all their richness and complexity, and to recreate them in her perfectly chosen words and rhythms.She is also a natural storyteller, weaving her spell and drawing us in: unveiling her struggling, imperfect characters in all their passion and humanity, while placing them in a poetic/realistic world which is exquisitely and convincingly rendered.Both Charity Royall and Lawyer Royall are deeply realized people, each caught in the web of his history and character, while life--and the passing wind of Lucius Harney-- shows them its
strength and bends them to what is meant to be. It is a magnificent and brave book, sexually unbridled, morally sophisticated, comprehending and empathetic. And can this woman write! I am so glad to have found it through Kindle.
Dianazius
Edith Wharton writing style is beautiful and The Age of Innocence is among my all time favorite books but this book fell short in my eyes. The "poor" world she tried so hard to convey seems almost forced. The main Character Charity Royall was rather unsympathetic and selfish. I mist say I was rather disappointed with the ending and not knowing what eventually happened with Lucius Harney.
avanger
I get the impression that academics and critics place great value on this short work of this famous author. I read her books as I eat my vegetables because I believe both are good for me. I am not the ideal reader as I am a man who slipped from middle to old age some years ago. This book gives a view of a brief period of time and focuses on people who didn't particularly interest me. In reading about this book, I gather that true Wharton scholars are impressed yet puzzled by her ultimate purpose in this book. I am not sure it excuses my confusion.
Adorardana
Love this book. Read it as a junior in high school. The print on this book, honestly, looks like someone photocopied the pages. If you look at who the publisher is, then you might not be too surprised. The whole story is there though, and that's all that matters!
blodrayne
Filiquarian, the publisher of this edition, is in the e-book business. This is NOT made clear on the Amazon page. The item turns out, except for its pretty cover, to be an inelegant print-out of an e-edition -- inelegant because like all such print-outs it is a bare-bones agglomeration of large-print pages (no introduction, of course) and unlike "real" books, this one (whch is generally true of printed e-books) displays the text with annoying double-spaced white space between each paragraph, much like the text in many children's books, so that for an adult reader, the reading experience feels choppy,instead of flowing naturally. This edition, except for the glossy cover, might as well have been done on the Amazon office photocopy machine. Edith Wharton is a fine and sophisticated writer and deserves a better presentation. Above all, Amazon ought to inform the customer when a "book" it is offering is nothing more than a print-out of an e-book. Summer is a good book; buy a different edition.
Flarik
This book, dealing rather heavily on youth, sexuality and betrayal, might seem out of date to today's blase' teens, growing up in a world where over-the-top sexuality comes oozing out of every pore of the omnipresent media, and many of them have not only seen it all, but done it all.

However, it is beautifully and sensitively written, and one can well imagine that in its time (World War I era), it was not considered appropriate reading for the young (or old) of the gentrified class of which Wharton herself was so well known a member.

The naivete' of it's protagonist brings about an unhappy and bitter lesson in the machiavellian nature of men when pursuing sexual pleasure - I must say that although there were dark foreshadowings, I was surprised that things turned out quite as harshly as they did, given the historical and social context of Miss Wharton's work. Finally, the "resolution" at its conclusion is neither neat nor complete.

Quite a story for the genteel Miss Wharton and highly recommended.

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