The Awakening, and Selected Short Stories – Kate Chopin
The Awakening, and Selected Short Stories – This collection of Kate Chopin’s works includes her novel The Awakening and eight of her most well-known short stories. The Awakening was condemned by most critics when it was first published in 1899 but now is celebrated for its early feminist views. Chopin advocates for women’s rights in this novel, chronicling a housewife’s evolution from an obedient wife and mother into a liberated, independent woman. Also included in this collection is Chopin’s celebrated short story “Desiree’s Baby,” which addresses the subject of racial prejudice. The novel and stories in this unabridged collection reflect the best of this American author’s life work, published over the years from 1893 until after her death in 1904.
This gorgeous edition of Chopin’s 1899 classic features period photos of the novel’s New Orleans location and a durable plastic dust jacket.
“Interesting and Timely . . . Chopin’s oracular feminism and prophetic prophetic psychology almost outweigh her estimable literary talents.” — –Newsweek
Born and raised in St. Louis, Kate Chopin (1850-1904) moved to Louisiana to marry the son of a cotton grower. A mother of six by the age of twenty-eight and a widow at thirty-two, she turned to writing to support her young family. She is best known today for The Awakening (1899), a portrait of marriage and motherhood so controversial it fell out of print shortly after publication and was not rediscovered until the 1960s.
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