The Awakening and Selected Stories of Kate Chopin

The Awakening and Selected Stories of Kate Chopin


Introduction by: Barbara H. Solomon

Format
Mass Market Paperback
Price
$4.95
 
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • ISBN 9780451524485
  • 352 Pages
  • Signet
  • 18 and up

Overview

“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 call to women all over the country, this landmark novel of early American feminism tells of a Louisiana wife who discovers the strength of her own sexuality and tries to wrench it from the hands of a patriarchal society. And just as Edna Pontellier is ostracized for trying to master her own sexual fate, so did Chopin’s reputation suffer after she wrote this book. Today The Awakening is considered a masterpiece and, along with Chopin’s short stories, has set a standard for younger generations of women who have learned to value their independence and authenticity.

Edited and with an Introduction by Barbara H. Solomon and with a New Afterword by Roxane Gay.
The Awakening and Selected Stories of Kate Chopin

The Awakening and Selected Stories of Kate Chopin

Kate Chopin, Introduction by: Barbara H. Solomon

Praise

“Flexible, iridescent style.”—Willa Cather

“As pertinent as any fiction this year or last. It is uncanny, nothing else.”—The New York Times

Table of Contents

Edited and with an Introduction by Barbara H. Solomon

Introduction
A Note on the Text
Chronology
Selected Bibliography

The Awakening
Wiser Than a God
A Point at Issue!
A Shameful Affair
Miss McEnders
At the ‘Cadian Ball
Désirée’s Baby
Madame Celestin’s Divorce
A Lady of Bayou St. John
La Belle Zoraïde
A Respectable Woman
The Story of an Hour
Regret
The Kiss
Athénïse
A Pair of Silk Stockings
The Storm
Charlie

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