The Awakening and Selected Short Stories

The Awakening and Selected Short Stories

by Kate Chopin

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Overview

'The Awakening' follows Edna Pontellier's journey of self-discovery. She is 28 years old, has a comfortable life, a loving husband, and two adoring sons. However something is missing in her life and this makes her restless and yearning for excitement. Eventually her inner feelings are awakened when she falls in love with another man. Edna will soon discover that following her heart doesn't necessarily bring her happiness, but tragedy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781618954923
Publisher: Bibliotech Press
Publication date: 05/09/2019
Pages: 156
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.36(d)

About the Author

American author Kate Chopin (1850-1904) wrote two published novels and about a hundred short stories in the 1890s. Most of her fiction is set in Louisiana and most of her best-known work focuses on the lives of sensitive, intelligent women.

Her short stories were well received in her own time and were published by some of America's most prestigious magazines-Vogue, the Atlantic Monthly, Harper's Young People, Youth's Companion, and the Century. A few stories were syndicated by the American Press Association. Her stories appeared also in her two published collections, Bayou Folk (1894) and A Night in Acadie (1897), both of which received good reviews from critics across the country. Twenty-six of her stories are children's stories-those published in or submitted to children's magazines or those similar in subject or theme to those that were. By the late 1890s Kate Chopin was well known among American readers of magazine fiction.

Her early novel At Fault (1890) had not been much noticed by the public, but The Awakening (1899) was widely condemned. Critics called it morbid, vulgar, and disagreeable. Willa Cather, who would become a well known twentieth-century American author, labeled it trite and sordid.

Some modern scholars have written that the novel was banned at Chopin's hometown library in St. Louis, but this claim has not been able to be verified, although in 1902, the Evanston, Illinois, Public Library removed The Awakening from its open shelves-and the book has been challenged twice in recent years. Chopin's third collection of stories, to have been called A Vocation and a Voice, was for unknown reasons cancelled by the publisher and did not appear as a separate volume until 1991.

Table of Contents

THE AWAKENING

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II

III

IV

V

VI

VII

VIII

IX

X

XI

XII

XIII

XIV

XV

XVI

XVII

XVIII

XIX

XX

XXI

XXII

XXIII

XXIV

XXV

XXVI

XXVII

XXVIII

XXIX

XXX

XXXI

XXXII

XXXIII

XXXIV

XXXV

XXXVI

XXXVII

XXXVIII

XXXIX

BEYOND THE BAYOU

MA'AME PELAGIE

I

II

III

IV

DESIREE'S BABY

A RESPECTABLE WOMAN

THE KISS

A PAIR OF SILK STOCKINGS

THE LOCKET

I

II

A REFLECTION

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Awakening and Selected Short Stories 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
pzmiller on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A 19th century feminist novel and short stories dealing with the role of women in a male-dominated society.
klemay42 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Given to me my senior year of high school; a fantastic introduction to turn of the century feminism, a great companion piece to books like The House of Mirth.
jedisluzer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the books I read in high school that blew me away. Kate Chopin was so ahead of her time, and I love the language, especially the passages describing the pull of the sea on the main character. This is probably in my all-time top ten books. The fact that I live in New Orleans now and a lot of the places Chopin mentions haven't changed in 100 years is also delightful.
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