The Awakening and Other Stories

The Awakening and Other Stories

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Introduction by Kaye Gibbons
Edited and with notes by Nina Baym
Commentary by Elizabeth Blackwell, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and from The Picayune's Creole Cook Book
The Awakening shocked turn-of-the-century readers with its forthright treatment of sex and suicide. Departing from literary convention, Kate Chopin failed to condemn her heroine's desire for an affair with the son of a Louisiana resort owner whom she meets on vacation. The power of sensuality, the delusion of ecstatic love, and the solitude that accompanies the trappings of middle- and upper-class life are the themes of this now-classic novel. As Kaye Gibbons points out in her Introduction, Chopin "was writing American realism before most Americans could bear to hear that they were living it." This edition includes selected stories from Chopin's Bayou Folk and A Night in Acadie .
Includes a Modern Library Reading Group Guide
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2000, c1981
Edition: Modern Library pbk. ed. --
ISBN: 9780679783336
Branch Call Number: FIC Chopi
Characteristics: lix, 375 p. --
Additional Contributors: Baym, Nina


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Jul 14, 2017

There were two copies at the library with the same title and the same author, so I borrowed both. The main novel, Awakening, is in both books, however, the stories were different. And I was glad to have both, as it gave me the opportunity to read so many of this author's works. It is an ultimate pleasure, for both the stories and the literary style, and I could read Kate Chopin's works over and over again. Hard to find something similar in modern American literature. Highly recommended, specially for those summer days' readings. Mind you, I wonder how much the situation changed for women, over the years ...

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