Bayou Folk and a Night in AcadiePaperback Penguin Classics
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- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 400 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 192mm x 20mm | 259g
- Publication date: 24 June 1999
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0140436812
- ISBN 13: 9780140436815
- Sales rank: 904,513
In one volume, the two short-story collections that established Kate Chopin as one of America's best-loved realist writers.
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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.
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)