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The Awakening and Other Stories (Modern Library Classics)

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ISBN13: 9780679783336
ISBN10: 0679783334
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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

Synopsis:

A novel that scandalized America because of its sexual frankness, and because of the unconventional behavior of its female protagonist, The Awakening (1899) has enjoyed vast popularity in the 20th century. Our new edition also includes stories from Chopin's Bayou Folk (1894) and A Night in Acadie (1897), along with commentary and Kaye Gibbons's new introduction.

About the Author

Kate Chopin (1851-1904) did not begin to write until she was thirty-six years old. Up to that time, her life gave no hint of either literary talent or literary ambition. Yet after the publication of her first stories in 1889, she enjoyed ten years of a productive, serious, and fairly successful career. Her first novel, At Fault (1890), had difficulty finding a publisher, so she brought it out at her own expense and sent review copies to important journals. Her short stories—close to a hundred of them—were published for the most part in prestigious national magazines. They gave her a solid reputation as a gifted 'local color' writer—that is, an author specializing in the depiction of a particular region of the country and its inhabitants. From these many stories, she culled two well-reviewed collections: Bayou Folk in 1894 and A Night in Acadie in 1897. The Awakening, now her best-known work, appeared in 1899.

Critics of Chopin's own day disapproved of the sexual frankness of The Awakening and were especially disturbed by the narrator's neutrality toward the unconventional behavior of Edna Pontellier, the heroine. All reviews of the novel were unfavorable. Soon after this setback, a planned third collection of short stories was rejected by a publisher, and Kate Chopin essentially ceased to write. In poor health, she died some five years after The Awakening appeared. She was only fifty-three.

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AstraeaBeauty, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by AstraeaBeauty)
I read this book when I was about fifteen years old and it really altered my perceptions of everyday life. Since than, I've come back to the story and other works by the same author multiple times for peace and calm and reassurance in my life. This book is definitely one of my all time favorites and I highly suggest you give it a try.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679783336
Editor:
Baym, Nina
Introduction:
Gibbons, Kaye
Introduction by:
Gibbons, Kaye
Introduction:
Gibbons, Kaye
Editor:
Baym, Nina
Author:
Chopin, Kate
Author:
Gibbons, Kaye
Author:
Baym, Nina
Publisher:
Modern Library
Location:
New York
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Louisiana
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Women - Louisiana
Subject:
Louisiana Social life and customs.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2000
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Modern Library Classics
Series Volume:
106-121
Publication Date:
20001131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8.00x5.30x.96 in. .82 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , A novel that scandalized America because of its sexual frankness, and because of the unconventional behavior of its female protagonist, The Awakening (1899) has enjoyed vast popularity in the 20th century. Our new edition also includes stories from Chopin's Bayou Folk (1894) and A Night in Acadie (1897), along with commentary and Kaye Gibbons's new introduction.
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