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The Awakening and Selected Stories

by Kate Chopin

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PUBLISHED: 28th February 2003
ISBN: 9780142437322
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Edna Pontellier, a young wife and mother, refuses to be caged by married and domestic life and claims for herself moral and erotic freedom. Through careful, subtle changes of style, Kate Chopin shows Edna's transformation—and its tragic consequences. This volume also includes some of Chopin's finest stories, among them "At the 'Cadian Ball" and "Desiree's Baby."
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  • Paperback
    $15.20
PUBLISHED: 28th February 2003
ISBN: 9780142437322
ANNOTATION:
Edna Pontellier, a young wife and mother, refuses to be caged by married and domestic life and claims for herself moral and erotic freedom. Through careful, subtle changes of style, Kate Chopin shows Edna's transformation—and its tragic consequences. This volume also includes some of Chopin's finest stories, among them "At the 'Cadian Ball" and "Desiree's Baby."

Annotation

Edna Pontellier, a young wife and mother, refuses to be caged by married and domestic life and claims for herself moral and erotic freedom. Through careful, subtle changes of style, Kate Chopin shows Edna's transformation—and its tragic consequences. This volume also includes some of Chopin's finest stories, among them "At the 'Cadian Ball" and "Desiree's Baby."

Publisher Description

The Awakening and Selected Stories is Kate Chopin's groundbreaking depiction of a woman who dares to defy the expectations of society in the pursuit of her desire, edited with an introduction by Sandra M. Gilbert in Penguin Classics. 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, it is widely regarded as Kate Chopin's great achievement. Through careful, subtle changes of style, Chopin shows the transformation of Edna Pontellier, a young wife and mother, who - with tragic consequences - refuses to be caged by married and domestic life, and claims for herself moral and erotic freedom. In her introduction, Sandra M. Gilbert considers the issues explored in the novel and the stories collected here (including 'Emancipation', 'At the 'cadian Ball', and 'Desiree's baby') from their growth out of the feminist literary tradition of the nineteenth century, to their place among other concerns of fin de si cle writers in America and Europe, to their impact on contemporary feminist writing. Katherine O'Flaherty (1850-1904), known by her married name Kate Chopin, was an American author of short stories and novels. Her works appeared in literary magazines and popular American periodicals of the day, including Vogue and The Atlantic. In 1899, her second novel, The Awakening, was published to much outrage and harsh criticism based upon moral, rather than literary, standards. If you enjoyed The Awakening and Selected Stories, you might enjoy Jean Rhys's Good Morning Midnight, also available in Penguin Classics.

Author Biography

Katherine O'Flaherty (1850 - 1904), known by her married name Kate Chopin, was an American author of short stories and novels. In 1899, her second novel, The Awakening, was published to much outrage and harsh criticism based upon moral, rather than literary, standards.

Review

"A Creole Bovary is this little novel of Miss Chopin's." --Willa Cather

Product Details

Author
Kate Chopin
Short Title
AWAKENING & SEL STORIES
Pages
288
Publisher
Penguin Books
Series
Penguin Classics
Language
English
ISBN-10
0142437328
ISBN-13
9780142437322
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
Year
2003
Publication Date
2003-02-28
Edited by
Sandra M. Gilbert
Residence
St. Louis, MO, US
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Audience
General/Trade