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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 when it was first published in 1917. 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 audience with its pathos just as it did nearly one hundred years ago.
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display_description Published in 1917, Summer is a story of love, romance and sensuality. It follows the life of a young American female from New England named Charity Royall who was born in poverty. Charity is loved by her guardian Lawyer Royall who expresses his wish to marry her. He first finds her a decent job as the town's librarian despite her lack of qualifications. However, Charity falls in love with another young man named Lucius Harney that she meets one day in the library. With Lucius, eighteen-year-old Charity gradually discovers sensual love for the first time in her life. Other developments happen in the story as Charity falls pregnant and yet discovers that her lover is secretly engaged to another young woman from a higher social rank. Her depression and desperation push her to decide to become a prostitute like her mother when she is rescued from this tragic destiny by Lawyer Royall who marries her and protects her. Edith Wharton's Summer is today considered as one of the earliest novels that deal with innocent young girls discovering the sweet, albeit thorny, world of love and sensual romance.
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series Dover thrift editions, Tantor unabridged classics
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subject_facet Audiobooks, Berkshire Hills (Mass.) -- Fiction, Electronic books, Guardian and ward -- Fiction, Guardian and ward -- Massachusetts -- Fiction, Love stories, Man-woman relationships -- Fiction, Man-woman relationships -- Massachusetts -- Berkshire Hills -- Fiction, Young women -- Fiction, Young women -- Massachusetts -- Fiction
title_display Summer
title_full Summer / Edith Wharton, Summer [electronic resource] / Edith Wharton, Summer [electronic resource] Wharton, Edith, 1862-1937.
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topic_facet Audiobooks, Electronic books, Guardian and ward, Man-woman relationships, Young women