Author (Your Name)

Jeff Wuorio, Colby College

Date of Award

Spring 1979

Document Type

Senior Scholars Paper (Open Access)


Colby College. English Dept.


John H. Sutherland

Second Advisor

Douglas Archibald

Third Advisor

John R. Sweney


Spring into Summer is a novel based on my experiences as a student living in London for a year. The central character, an American under-graduate student studying history, attempts to complete a piece of work by his older brother who is killed in a car accident several months prior to his brother's departure for England. The narrative traces the younger brother's efforts and eventual failure to work on the history; in so doing, he also fails to become more like his older brother whom he greatly loved and admired. Thus, a doppelganger, or "Double" of sorts is used.

Most of the action of the novel is set in London. However, the main character also travels to Dublin, York, and several other places in the British Isles, thereby giving a more complete picture of the experiences an American student undergoes while living abroad.

During a year which many people might see as an escape from the problems and pressures of everyday life, the central character is forced to undergo a painful process of self-examination, resulting in his reevaluation of himself, his priorities, and his ambitions.


novel, brother, London, American, student, experience