The Awakening Author:Kate Chopin When it first appeared in 1899, Kate Chopin's The Awakening was greeted with cries of outrage. The novel's frank portrayal of a woman's emotional, intellectual, and sexual awakening shocked the sensibilities, of the time and destroyed the author's reputation and career. Many years passed before this short, pioneering work was recognized as a m... more »ajor achievement in American literature.
Set in and around New Orleans. The awakening tells the story of Edna Pontellier, a young wife and mother. While on vacation, Edna meets the son of a Louisiana resort owner, with whom she gradually falls in love. As she pulls away from her husband, Edna begins to develop a sense of herself as a whole person, with unique wants, interests, and desires. Determined to control her own life, she flouts convention by moving out of her husband's house having an adulterous affair, and becoming an artist.
Beautifully written, with sensuous imagery and vivid local descriptions, The Awakening has lost none of its power to provoke and inspire.
Additionally, this edition includes thirteen of Kate Chopin's magnificent short stories.« less