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Summer

Edith Wharton
Edited by Laura Rattray

August 2015

ISBN: 9780198709985

208 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

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Oxford World's Classics

Price: £7.99

Charity Royall yearns to escape her dull existence in the New England backwater where she lives with her guardian. When her sexual nature is awakened, darker undercurrents in the community threaten her future happiness. The 'hot' counterpart to Ethan Frome, and equally memorable, Summer was regarded by Wharton as one of her best works.

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Charity Royall yearns to escape her dull existence in the New England backwater where she lives with her guardian. When her sexual nature is awakened, darker undercurrents in the community threaten her future happiness. The 'hot' counterpart to Ethan Frome, and equally memorable, Summer was regarded by Wharton as one of her best works.

  • Regarded by Wharton as one of her best works, Summer is the 'hot' counterpart to Wharton's winter novel, Ethan Frome, and is just as memorable.
  • Set in New England, Summer features a strong female protagonist who is very different from the polished heroines of Wharton's most famous novels, and a compelling plot of sexual awakening.
  • The only edition to reprint Wharton's preferred text, the first UK edition, which corrected numerous errors in the first US edition.
  • Laura Rattray's introduction considers Wharton's challenge to the conventions of romantic love and her social criticism of the limited options open to women, as well as the disturbing motifs of incest and sexual abuse.
  • Up-to-date bibliography and notes informed by the latest scholarship.

About the Author(s)

Edith Wharton

Edited by Laura Rattray, University of Glasgow

Laura Rattray has published widely on the life and work of Edith Wharton, serving on the executive board of the Wharton Society (2007-9) and the editorial board of The Edith Wharton Review (2008-present). She has edited The Unpublished Writings of Edith Wharton (2 vols, 2009) and Edith Wharton's The Custom of the Country: A Reassessment (2010) and for CUP, Edith Wharton in Context (2012).

Reviews

"The ending is harsh, indeed shocking on account of a theme of incest which haunts the narrative, yet the psychology of the novel is far ahead of its time, beautifully expressed, and still instructive as to the fate of women in societies where they have no agency or power. Wharton fans will not be disappointed." - Oxford Today, Richard Lofthouse

"So, there's lots here to ponder, and lots to enjoy. This edition has an excellent and informative introduction by Laura Rattray, plus all the textual and explanatory notes, chronologies, and bibliographies any curious person could possibly want. But if you don't care for all those extras, just read the novel. You'll love it." - Harriet Devine, Shiny New Books