The Awakening (Paperback)

Author: Chopin, Kate

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In the summer of her 28th year, Edna Pontellier and her children, along with the wives and families of other prospective businessmen, spend the summer in an idyllic coastal community away from their husbands and the sweltering heat of 1890s' New Orleans. Aware of deep yearnings that are unfulfilled by marriage and motherhood, Edna plunges into an illicit liaison that reawakens her long dormant desires, inflames her heart, and eventually blinds her to all else.


Publisher Harpercollins
Mfg Part# 9780380002450
SKU 30052561
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0380002450
Release Date 11/1/1994
Dimensions (in Inches) 7H x 4.25L x 0.5T
Author Info
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."
From the Publisher
Editors Note Controversial novel of a New Orleans wife's search for love outside a stifling marriage. A first rate narrative with superb characterization.
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Number of Pages 0192
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