The Awakening and Other Stories (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

The Awakening and Other Stories (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

by Kate Chopin

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In 1899 Kate Chopin stunned the literary world with the publication of The Awakening, her tale of a woman who seeks personal fulfillment in a relationship outside of her tradition-bound marriage and household. Controversial in its day, Chopin’s pioneering novel served as a touchstone for many modernist works published in its wake and is regarded a landmark work of feminist literature. This collection of Chopin’s fiction features the full novel and a selection of her short stories steeped in the local color of her native Louisiana.

The Awakening and Other Stories is one of Barnes & Noble's Collectible Editions classics. Each volume features authoritative texts by the world's greatest authors in exquisitely designed foil-stamped binding, with distinctive colored edging and a silk-ribbon bookmark. Decorative, durable, and collectible, these books offer hours of pleasure to readers young and old and are an indispensable cornerstone for any home library.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781435168657
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
Publication date: 04/26/2019
Series: Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions Series
Edition description: Bonded Leather
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 22,677
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

One of the first books to truthfully write about women’s lives, Kate Chopin’s The Awakening is considered a quintessential work of Southern literature and a bold foray into early feminism. Aside from The Awakening, Chopin has written numerous short stories, many exploring Cajun, Creole, and Southern identities.

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The Awakening and Other Stories (Modern Library Classics Series) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
heina on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I always knew that this book is considered a feminist classic. What I did not know, however, is that Chopin writes with such flair, genuine emotion, and amazing local color. Even her earlier, less polished short stories shine with an amazing sincerity and clarity of energy. She was ahead of her time and continues to be relevant, and it's a shame that she wasn't able to become properly renown in her lifetime.
librisissimo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Substance: The short stories are entertaining, in the 19th century style, with interesting views of the Louisiana Creole milieu. The sentiments exhibited are conventional romances, although with wit and some insight.The novel "The Awakening" might better be termed "The Abandonment." I suggest that it was considered unacceptable as much for for its denigration of the roles of wife and mother, as for the restrained sensuality and "coded" adultery, although I'm sure Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn would have disapproved of the book. Style: Chopin writes smoothly and easily, with succulent descriptive passages. The use of dialect is not overly intrusive (compare "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and a host of grade-B writings from the period up through the 1950s).SPOILER ALERTThe self-indulgent protagonist seems never to have outgrown her youthful fantasies, and certainly made no effort to extend herself to understand her husband or care for her children (which she admitted).There have always been women with no desire to be encumbered by a family (her family removed her from a convent at some age, if I remember rightly). To accept the task and then shirk it, as Edna did, does not become justified by the claim that she didn't understand herself until later. Depriving her children of their mother is not a noble act, although they probably won't ever miss her, since she interacted with them as little as possible. (At least she didn't kill herself in front of them, compare "The Horse Whisperer".)
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