The Awakening: And Other Stories

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'.show more

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  • Paperback | 470 pages
  • 128 x 190 x 22mm | 322.05g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192823000
  • 9780192823007
  • 413,624

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Greeted with horror at the time of its publication in 1899, The Awakening deals openly with adultery at a time when Henry James and Edith Wharton were showing a great deal more circumspection. Edna Pontellier, the story's heroine, is just one of a series of characters throughout these stories determined to assert their freedom from convention. Chopin experimented with several genres, from children's fiction to decadent sketches, and this collection places The Awakening amongst 32 other works, including her 1898 masterpiece The Storm. (Kirkus UK)show more

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