Bayou Folk and a Night in Acadie

Bayou Folk and a Night in Acadie

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In one volume, the two short-story collections that established Kate Chopin as one of America's best-loved realist writers. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 20mm | 258.55g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0140436812
  • 9780140436815
  • 1,347,409

About Kate Chopin

Kate Chopin(1850 1904) was born in St. Louis. She moved to Louisiana where she wrote two novels and numerous stories. Because The Awakening was widely condemned, publication of Chopin s third story collection was cancelled. The Awakening was rediscovered by scholars in the 1960s and 1970s and is her best-known work."show more

Review Text

Short stories of life in Louisiana. Although hints of Chopin's proto-feminist sensibility may be detected by the diligent, what strikes us more is the late-Victorian sentimentality and class-consciousness. Between the ex-slaves at the bottom of the social heap and the plantation owners at the top are the French-speaking Cajuns and various ethnic mixtures, carefully graded by skin colour. Depicting these 'bayou folk' as ignorant, feckless and impulsive, Chopin too often sounds like a South African complaining about her servants. And you need a high tolerance for dialect: 'W'at man dat? I is n' studyin' 'bout no mans; I go 'nough to do wid dis heah washin'.' (Kirkus UK)show more