The Awakening (Paperback)

Author: Chopin, Kate

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Publisher Createspace
Mfg Part# 9781450543255
SKU 214281152
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1450543251
Release Date 2/2/2010
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Kate Chopin
Kate Chopin was born Kate O'Flaherty, of Irish-French-Creole descent. At 19, she married the Creole plantation owner Oscar Chopin and moved with him to Louisiana, living part of the time in New Orleans. Theirs was a blissfully happy union, and when her husband died prematurely in 1883, Kate Chopin, with their six children, moved back to St. Louis where she remained for the rest of her life. Chopin studied the piano and had a strong interest in music, but she was highly praised and immensely popular as a writer of "regional" short stories about Louisiana. When THE AWAKENING appeared, however, she was vilified by critics and deserted by her public because of the novel's sexual frankness. Chopin died in 1904 of a cerebral hemorrhage after a visit to the St. Louis World's Fair.
"Denounced at the time of its original publication in 1899, and out of print for decades, 'The Awakening' is an American masterpiece: the brilliantly conceived story of a woman's 'awakening' to erotic love, and to her predicament in a patriarchal society."
"'The Awakening' seems to me to be the finest novel of its sort written by an American, and to rank among the world's masterpieces of short fiction."
"It was not necessary for a writer of so great refinement and poetic grace to enter the over-worked world of sex-fiction...This is not a pleasant story."
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Editors Note This novel is one of the most important ones written by an American woman in the nineteenth century. Set in New Orleans and the Southern Louisiana coast at the end of the nineteenth century, the novel has a blend of realistic and social narrative, and psychological complexity.
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Number of Pages 0118
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