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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, 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






The Awakening
Written by Kate Chopin
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | November 1992
$20.00/23.00(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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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





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