The Chopin Kate : Awakening and Selected Stories (Sc)Paperback Signet Classics
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- Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
- Format: Paperback | 352 pages
- Dimensions: 102mm x 173mm x 28mm | 159g
- Publication date: 1 April 1995
- Publication City/Country: Hawthorn
- ISBN 10: 0451524489
- ISBN 13: 9780451524485
- Edition statement: Reissue
- Sales rank: 151,455
The pioneering short novel of feminist fiction is a sympathetic portrayal of a woman's discovery of the stifling bonds of her marriage and the strength of her own sexuality. First published in 1899, it shocked the popular taste of the day, outraged official morality, and destroyed the author's reputation and career. Today, however, this novel and Kate Chopin's other writings have found a highly receptive audience among a generation of women who have learned to value their own individuality and independence.
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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.