Edith Wharton: Summer

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Writing to a friend on December 21, 1916, Edith Wharton made some telling remarks about the “shortish novel” on which she was working. Designating it “as the Hot Ethan”, she explains that it is set “in the neighbourhood of Windsor Mountain”, with “the time being summer which is also the title of the book”, and she adds, “I don’t know how on earth the thing got itself written in the scramble & scuffle of my present life: but it did” (Letters 385). As in the earlier Ethan Frome of 1911, Wharton in Summer turns again to the New England countryside of her Massachusetts home, The Mount, to examine the strained and barren lives of both its small t…

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Bode, Rita. "Summer". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 August 2014
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