The Awakening and Selected Stories (Google eBook)

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Penguin, May 1, 1984 - Fiction - 288 pages
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Introduction by Kaye Gibbons
Edited and with notes by Nina Baym
Commentary by Elizabeth Blackwell, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and from The Picayune’s Creole Cook Book
 
The Awakening shocked turn-of-the-century readers with its forthright treatment of sex and suicide. Departing from literary convention, Kate Chopin failed to condemn her heroine’s desire for an affair with the son of a Louisiana resort owner whom she meets on vacation. The power of sensuality, the delusion of ecstatic love, and the solitude that accompanies the trappings of middle- and upper-class life are the themes of this now-classic novel. As Kaye Gibbons points out in her Introduction, Chopin “was writing American realism before most Americans could bear to hear that they were living it.” This edition includes selected stories from Chopin’s Bayou Folk and A Night in Acadie.
 
Includes a Modern Library Reading Group Guide
  

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Contents

IntroductionThe Second Coming of Aphrodite
Suggestions for Further Reading
A Note on the Text
The Awakening
XIII
XIV
XV
XVI
XXXVI
XXXVII
XXXVIII
XXXIX
A Life Fable
At the Cadian Ball
Désirées Baby
La Belle Zoraïde

XVII
XVIII
XIX
XX
XXI
XXII
XXIII
XXIV
XXV
XXVI
XXVII
XXVIII
XXIX
XXX
XXXI
XXXII
XXXIII
XXXIV
XXXV
At Chênière Caminada
IV
The Story of an Hour
Lilacs
Athénaïse
IV
V
VI
VII
VIII
IX
X
XI
A Pair of Silk Stockings
Nég Créol
Elizabeth Stocks One Story
The StormA Sequel to The Cadian Ball
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About the author (1984)

Kate Chopin was an American author whose works include two novels and nearly one hundred short stories. Chopin's close relationships with her female relatives--her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother--provided inspiration for her strong female characters. Although some of her works were controversial at the time of publication, Chopin is now considered to have been ahead of her time and a precursor to the wave of feminist writing in the twentieth century. Chopin's most notable works include The Awakening, At Fault, and the short story "Desiree's Baby," which explores race relations in antebellum Louisiana. Chopin died in 1904.

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