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The Awakening & Selected Stories of Kate Chopin
The Awakening Selected Stories of Kate Chopin Author:Kate Chopin "As pertinent as any fiction this year or last. It is uncanny,nothing else...a masterpiece" is how critic Linda Wolfe, writing in The New York Times, described The Awakening. This pioneering short novel of feminist fiction was first published in 1899. Its sympathetic portrayal of a woman's discovery of the stifling bonds of her marriage and the... more » strength of her own sexuality 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.
Chopin's female characters are unconventional women who refuse to play the standard role of the passive sexual partner. But she also counters these self-assertive women with more tradionally feminine characters who initially protest the female role but inevitably return to it. The Awakening and the seventeen short stories included here vividly depict the problems of a woman's place in marriage and society. Edited and with an Introduction by Barbara H. Solomon« less