The Awakening

The Awakening : And Other Stories

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'She wanted to swim far out, where no woman had swum before.'

Kate Chopin was one of the most individual and adventurous of nineteenth-century american writers, whose fiction explored new and often startling territory. When her most famous story, The Awakening, was first published in 1899, it stunned readers with its frank portrayal of the inner word of Edna Pontellier, and its daring criticisms of the limits of marriage and motherhood. The subtle beauty of her writing was contrasted with her unwomanly and sordid subject-matter: Edna's
rejection of her domestic role, and her passionate quest for spiritual, sexual, and artistic freedom.

From her first stories, Chopin was interested in independent characters who challenged convention. This selection, freshly edited form the first printing of each text, enables readers to follow her unfolding career as she experimented with a broad range of writing, from tales for children to decadent fin-de siecle sketches. The Awakening is set alongside thirty-two short stories, illustrating the spectrum of the fiction from her first published stories to her 1898 secret
masterpiece, 'The Storm'.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 128 x 197 x 22mm | 331g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reissued
  • 0199536945
  • 9780199536948
  • 46,724

About Kate Chopin

Kate Chopin, geb. 1851 als Tochter irisch-kreolischer Eltern in St.Louis, Missouri, heiratete 1870 einen Plantagenbesitzer und zog nach New Orleans. Die Mutter von sechs Kindern begann auf Anraten eines befreundeten Arztes mit dem Schreiben. Ihre Erzählungen wurden in allen großen amerikanischen Zeitschriften veröffentlicht. Das Erscheinen ihres Romans 'Das Erwachen' löste im puritanischen Amerika einen Skandal aus, ihre schriftstellerische Karriere war beendet. Von der zeitgenössischen Kritik geächtet, starb Kate Chopin 1904.
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