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Kate Chopin


Kate Chopin (1851-1904) did not begin to write until she was thirty-six years old. Up to that time, her life gave no hint of either literary talent or literary ambition. Yet after the publication of her first stories in 1889, she enjoyed ten years of a productive, serious, and fairly successful career. Her first novel, At Fault (1890), had difficulty finding a publisher, so she brought it out at her own expense and sent review copies to important journals. Her short stories—close to a hundred of them—were published for the most part in prestigious national magazines. They gave her a solid... Read More

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The Awakening and Selected Stories
Written by Kate Chopin, Introduction by Sandra M. Gilbert
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | February 2003
$9.00/11.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-243732-2 (0-14-243732-8)

Kate Chopin's groundbreaking depiction of a woman who dares to defy the expectations of society in the pursuit of her desire,

When The Awakening was first published in 1899, charges of sordidness and immorality seemed to consign it into obscurity and irreparably damage its author's reputation. But a century after her death... Read more






At Fault
Written by Kate Chopin, Introduction by Bernard Koloski, Noted by Bernard Koloski
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | February 2002
$11.00/12.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-243702-5 (0-14-243702-6)

Thérèse Lafirme, a beautiful and resourceful Creole woman, is widowed at age thirty-two and left alone to run her Louisiana plantation. When Thérèse falls in love with David Hosmer, a divorced businessman, her strong moral and religious convictions make it impossible for her to accept his marriage proposal. Her determined rejection... Read more






The Awakening and Selected Stories
Written by Kate Chopin, Edited by Nina Baym, Introduction by Kaye Gibbons
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | November 2000
$9.00/11.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-78333-6 (0-679-78333-4)

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... Read more






Bayou Folk and a Night in Acadie
Written by Kate Chopin, Edited by Bernard Koloski, Introduction by Bernard Koloski
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | March 1999
$16.00/18.50(Canada) | 978-0-14-043681-5 (0-14-043681-2)

In one volume, the two short-story collections that established Kate Chopin as one of America's best-loved realist writers.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout... Read more






The Awakening
Written by Kate Chopin, Introduction by Elaine Showalter
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | November 1992
$21.00/25.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-41721-7 (0-679-41721-4)

Kate Chopin's riveting, daring story of one woman's search for personal freedom was so far ahead of its time that its publication in 1899 aroused a storm of controversy violent enough to end its author's career.  

With an effortless, sure-handed artistry, Chopin tells the story of Edna Pontellier, a young mother and...

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A Vocation and a Voice
Written by Kate Chopin, Introduction by Emily Toth, Noted by Emily Toth
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | January 1991
$14.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-039078-0 (0-14-039078-2)

Published for the first time as Chopin intended, this is a collection of her most innovative stories, including "The Story of an Hour," "An Egyptian Cigarette," and "The Kiss."

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles... Read more






The Awakening
Written by Kate Chopin
Bantam Classics | Paperback | April 1985
$4.95/5.95(Canada) | 978-0-553-21330-0 (0-553-21330-X)

First published in 1899, this beautiful, brief  novel so disturbed critics and the public that it  was banished for decades afterward. Now widely read  and admired, The Awakening has  been hailed as an early vision of woman's  emancipation. This sensuous book tells of a woman's  abandonment of her family, her seduction, and her  awakening to desires and passions... Read more






The Awakening and Selected Stories of Kate Chopin
Written by Kate Chopin, Introduction by Barbara H. Solomon
Signet | Paperback | April 1976
$4.95/5.50(Canada) | 978-0-451-52448-5 (0-451-52448-9)

“Perhaps it is better to wake up after all, even to suffer, rather than to remain a dupe to illusions all one’s life.”
 
Kate Chopin was enjoying wide popularity as a writer, mainly of short stories, when her second novel, The Awakening, was published to widespread criticism of its immorality. A wake-up... Read more





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