The Awakening: Selected Short Stories

The Awakening: Selected Short Stories

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Overview

The Awakening, originally titled A Solitary Soul, is a novel by Kate Chopin, first published in 1899. This Brand New Complete Edition includes the following: The Awakening - Beyond the Bayou - Ma'ame Pelagie - Desiree's Baby - A Respectable Woman - The Kiss - A Pair of Silk Stockings - The Locket - A Reflection.

The Awakening, originally titled A Solitary Soul, is a novel by Kate Chopin, first published in 1899. Set in New Orleans and the Southern Louisiana coast at the end of the nineteenth century, the plot centers on Edna Pontellier and her struggle to reconcile her increasingly unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood with the prevailing social attitudes of the turn-of-the-century South. It is one of the earliest American novels that focuses on women's issues without condescension. It is also widely seen as a landmark work of early feminism, generating mixed reaction from contemporary readers and criticism.

The novel's blend of realistic narrative, incisive social commentary, and psychological complexity makes The Awakening a precursor of American modernist literature; it prefigures the works of American novelists such as William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway and echoes the works of contemporaries such as Edith Wharton and Henry James. It can also be considered among the first Southern works in a tradition that would culminate with the modern masterpieces of Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor, Eudora Welty, Katherine Anne Porter, and Tennessee Williams.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781495959448
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/15/2014
Pages: 198
Sales rank: 1,274,617
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

Kate Chopin

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