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The Awakening & Selected Stories (Modern Library)

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  • Seller:Guertin's Books
  • Sales Rank:4,600,948
  • Languages:English (Unknown), English (Original Language), English (Published)
  • Media:Hardcover
  • Number Of Items:2
  • Edition:Reissue
  • Pages:354
  • Shipping Weight (lbs):0.9
  • Dimensions (in):7.4 x 5 x 1.3
  • Publication Date:May 18, 1993
  • ISBN:0679424695
  • EAN:9780679424697
  • ASIN:0679424695
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The Awakening shocked turn-of-the-century readers and reviewers with its treatment of sex and suicide.  In a departure from literary convention, Kate Chopin failed to condemn her heroine's desire for an affair with the son of a Louisiana resort owner, whom she meets on vacation.  The power of sensuality, the delusion of ecstatic love, and the solitude that accompanies the trappings of middle- and upper-class convention are themes of this now-classic novel.  

The book was influenced by French writers ranging from Flaubert to Maupassant, and can be seen as a precursor of the impressionistic, mood-driven novels of Virginia Woolf and Djuna Barnes.  Variously called "vulgar," "unhealthily introspective," and "morbid," the book was neglected for several decades, not least because it was written by a "regional" woman writer.  This edition also includes selected stories from Kate Chopin's Bayou Folk and A Night in Acadie, and an introduction and notes by Nina Baym.

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