At Fault

At Fault

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By (author) Kate Chopin

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  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
  • Format: Paperback | 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 208mm x 9mm | 118g
  • Publication date: 28 September 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0486461335
  • ISBN 13: 9780486461335
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  • Sales rank: 500,157

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An intrepid explorer of taboos, Chopin wrote some of America's boldest and best 19th-century fiction. Divorce and alcoholism are among the daring subjects of her first novel, set in the rural post-Reconstruction South against a backdrop of economic devastation and simmering racial tension.

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A precursor of the 20th century's feminist authors, Kate Chopin (1850-1904) wrote short stories and novels for children and adults. The St. Louis native lived in New Orleans for a dozen years and set most of her tales amid Louisiana's Creole culture. Many of her stories were well ahead of their time, and she achieved widespread acclaim only after her death.

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In her own time, the works of Kate Chopin (1851-1904) shocked readers and critics with their challenge to contemporary mores. Her stories and novels reveal unsparing truths about the interior lives of women, some of whom experienced profound disillusionment with the rigid yoke of marriage, combined with an unfulfilled longing for self-realization. Celebrated today as a precursor of twentieth-century feminism, Chopin's fiction is considered to be among the masterpieces of American literature. True to the writer's intrepid explorations of taboo subjects and resonating with autobiographical elements, "At Fault" masterfully portrays a complex love triangle amid the tensions of the rural post-Reconstruction South. Therese Lafirme is a young Creole widow in love with a divorced St. Louis businessman, David Hosmer. The moral and religious constraints thrust upon Therese prevent her acceptance of Hosmer's wedding proposal, setting the two on a treacherous path that involves Hosmer's former wife, Fanny. Originally published in 1890, the novel is marked by the same fearless examination of society and sexuality that distinguish Chopin's later works. Dover (2007) unabridged republication of the work originally published by the author in 1890, and printed by Nixon-Jones Printing Co., St. Louis. Introductory Note.