Summer by Edith Wharton – Forgotten Classics – Paperback Edition

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Summer by Edith Wharton

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This is the complete and unabridged text of the breathtaking love story, Summer. This beautiful paperback edition features original cover art by Haleigh DeRocher and is sold exclusively in this shop.

The Forgotten Classics Collection is an ever growing collection of public domain books that deserve the title of Classic but have been largely overlooked by the general public – forgotten, as it were. These books may be obscure titles from popular classic authors, or books by authors that were popular in their time but have since fallen into obscurity. All of these books are worth reading, which is why I’ve decided to bring them back into print in hopes to grow their audience!

Summer by Edith Wharton is a beautiful but heart-wrenching story of a young girl who falls in love only to have her hopes dashed. Wharton, known for her works about the New York elite of the Gilded Age (namely, The Age of Innocence and The House of Mirth), was particularly fond of this story, but it was considered scandalous at the time of its publication in 1917. It’s now one of her lesser known works, but one of my personal favorites.


Seventeen-year-old Charity Royall is pining for change when a charming young architect from the city, Lucius Harney, walks into the derelict library she tends. He immediately captures her heart. Like the lush, summery Berkshires landscape surrounding them, Charity’s romance with Lucius is idyllic. But harsh realities soon set in – from the material deprivation of her impoverished hometown to her mysterious origins on “the Mountain,” Charity is met with obstacle after obstacle. 

Known as Edith Wharton’s personal favorite and most sensational novel, Summer (1917) is a compelling and provocative coming of age story that remains profoundly relevant to our time. To sum it up, Summer is a tour de force – the embodiment of light, ever threatened by impending darkness.

(2 customer reviews)

2 reviews for Summer by Edith Wharton - Forgotten Classics - Paperback Edition

  1. mel.adamo (verified owner)

    I’m so in love with your illustrated editions!! I got Summer along with the Pride and Prejudice bundle and love very thing. Both books are set up so beautifully. I can’t wait to add more to my collection.

  2. Angelique Roach (verified owner)

    Oh my gosh. I think this is the prettiest book I’ve ever owned. The quality is superb, the pages are good thick paper and it’s just beautiful from cover to cover. I love the font and the way it’s presented. I’ve never read this title, but I’ll be loving it regardless, for the love that went into making it and the beauty of it. How can you not love something that makes you smile just holding it? It’s going to be a perfect addition to my library, along with the Pride and Prejudice book. I’m so happy I purchased it! LOVE!

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