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The Awakening (Paperback)

Author:  Kate Chopin
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0099540770
ISBN-13: 9780099540779
Sku: 219038627
Publish Date: 8/1/2011
Pages:  221
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Kate Chopin''s compelling, candid portrait of a woman attempting to seek a life beyond her role as devoted wife and mother was considered dangerous when first published in 1899 The Pontellier family are spending a hot, lazy holiday on the Gulf of Mexico. No-one expects that Edna Pontellier should be preoccupied with anything more than her husband and children. When an illicit summer romance awakens new ideas and longings in Edna, she can barely understand herself, and cannot hope for aid or acceptance in the stifling attitudes of Louisiana society. Now considered a classic, this tale of liberation caused a scandal when it was first published and was dismissed as "vulgar," "unhealthy," and "morbid" by other contemporary reviewers, effectively ending Chopin''s career.
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Kate Chopin's compelling, candid portrait of a woman attempting to seek a life beyond her role as devoted wife and mother was considered dangerous when first published in 1899
 
The Pontellier family are spending a hot, lazy holiday on the Gulf of Mexico. No-one expects that Edna Pontellier should be preoccupied with anything more than her husband and children. When an illicit summer romance awakens new ideas and longings in Edna, she can barely understand herself, and cannot hope for aid or acceptance in the stifling attitudes of Louisiana society. Now considered a classic, this tale of liberation caused a scandal when it was first published and was dismissed as "vulgar," "unhealthy," and "morbid" by other contemporary reviewers, effectively ending Chopin's career.
Author Bio
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.

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"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." - Joyce Carol Oates

Georgia Review
"'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." - Robert Cantwell winter 1956

Chicago Times-Herald (1895-1918)
"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." 1899

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0221
Product attributePublisher:   Vintage Books
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