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ISBN: 185326556X
Author: Kate Chopin
Language: English
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd; Reprint edition (October 1, 1998)
Pages: 320
Category: Short Stories & Anthologies
Subcategory: Literature
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Kate Chopin was one of the most individual and adventurous of nineteenth-century american writers, whose fiction explored .

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.

The Awakening & Other Stories book. Published 1995 by Wordsworth American Library. As well as the novella, The Awakening, this book contains fifteen of Chopin's short stories.

Kate Chopin is a pioneer in the treatment of sexuality in American literature.

The Awakening & Other Stories. Kate Chopin is a pioneer in the treatment of sexuality in American literature. She does not speak only to women, but she speaks most powerfully about them. A Creole Bovary is this little novel of Miss Chopin’s. Books by Kate Chopin. Books in the Macmillan Collector's Library series.

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The Awakening is Kate Chopin’s novel about a married woman seeking greater personal freedom and a more . In print you can find the novel in The Complete Works of Kate Chopin and in the Library of America Kate Chopin volume.

The Awakening is Kate Chopin’s novel about a married woman seeking greater personal freedom and a more fulfilling life. Condemned as morbid, vulgar, and disagreeable when it appeared in 1899, it is today acclaimed as an essential American book.

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Back Kate Chopin: Complete Novels & Stories Print . Now, The Library of America collects all of Chopin’s novels and stories as never before in one authoritative volume. The explosive novel At Fault (1890) centers on a love triangle between a strong-willed young widow, a stiff St. Louis businessman, and the man’s alcoholic wife.

This page contains details about the Fiction book The Awakening by Kate Chopin published in 1899. The Awakening and Other Stories: (A Modern Library E-Book). This book is the 457th greatest Fiction book of all time as determined by thegreatestbooks.

The Kate Chopin Page at American Literature, featuring a biography and . Chopin's settings for many of her stories is in north central Louisiana, many in Natchitoches.

The Kate Chopin Page at American Literature, featuring a biography and Free Library of the author's Novels, Stories, Poems, Letters, and Texts. She is best known for her novel The Awakening (1899), a hauntingly prescient tale of a woman unfulfilled by the mundane yet highly celebrated "feminine role," and her painful realization that the constraints of her gender blocked her ability to seek a more fulfilling life. Many of her works are featured in our Feminist Literature - Study Guide.

Edna Pontellier, married to a successful creole speculator from New Orleans, spends the summer on Grand Isle and falls in love. Her affair with Robert Lebrun awakens in her a new sense of spiritual and sexual self-awareness.


I first read The Awakening in high school or early college, many many years ago. I'm sure it was over my head and beyond my life experience at that time. I likely read it because I thought it may contain explicit steamy love scenes! It does not. Or maybe it is steamy for 1899. To me, the marvel of this book is that it was published in 1899. A feminist novella indeed!

The Awakening is the story of wealthy and unhappy Edna Pontellier. She lives in New Orleans though the story opens when she is vacationing on the Louisiana coast with her husband and their two young sons. Her husband is portrayed as a stuffy bore and the children as always wanting something. At the summer resort she meets a variety of people. Her close friend is very conventional, pregnant again, and would sacrifice anything for her children. Another female vacationer is a pianist and an unconventional single woman. She offers an alternative view of life for a woman. Edna falls in love with the resort owner's flirtatious son Robert Lebrun. When she returns to her daily life in New Orleans, Edna is despondent. She misses Robert and she is unhappy being a wife and mother. She tries to carve out some independence with her painting. When her husband leaves on an extended business trip, she has an affair with a notorious womanizer. She ends the affair on her own terms. Still unhappy and unfulfilled, she rents a small house which she intends to live in on her own. Her husband is appalled, but he is mainly concerned about appearances. In a move worthy of today's best spin doctors, he makes arrangements to renovate their house in order to explain his wife living elsewhere. In the meantime, Robert returns, sparks fly, and he leaves again. Edna returns to the coast alone.

That is a lot of story in a short book. The writing is descriptive and evocative without being too flowery. The real power is in the main character daring to defy a woman's prescribed role. She tries to assert herself in small ways, but becomes bolder when this does not work. There is a great scene when Edna decides to sleep outside in a hammock. Her husband orders her in the house. When she refuses, he sits on the porch with her all night. He drinks wine and smokes cigars while she tries to sleep. It is a great example of the passive-aggressive behavior that occurs in most marriages at some point. I noticed that some reviewers do not like the character of Edna. She is not particularly likable, but neither are any of the other characters in this book. She is an unhappy woman who does not like society's rules. She has very few options and makes a lot of blunders along the way. The book really resonated with me at this time in my life and also at this time in our social and political climate. I'm so glad I re-read this!
This is a controversial but worthwhile read, if you are interested in the history of American novels and/or the history of female American writers.

I didn't like it. The writing is uneven, and Edna had a pretty good life compared to a lot of women today, let alone in Kate Chopin's time. However, it bears keeping in mind that Chopin was trying to do something different and somewhat revolutionary for the time. She was bending the formal rules of prose-writing and trying to break away somewhat from the realism that dominated the novels of her time. Both efforts work better in the dialogue than they do in the descriptive text, at least for me. The extended metaphor, however, is well-executed, if a bit on the nose.

For my son, who read the book this year for AP Lit, Edna's character was insufferable, and the way the other characters existed to price her was unendurable. I agree that it's tiresome, but after speaking with a friend of mine who is smarter than I am by a lot, I think maybe that Chopin intended it to be so as a way to illustrate the cognitive dissonance involved in Victorian American bourgeoise society when a wife and mother was not good in either role.

All that said, parts of it are gorgeous, and Chopin was way ahead of her time, which makes the book worth reading.
Kate Chopin wrote The Awakening during a time and place that made the book highly controversial because of the thoughts and deeds of her main character, Edna Pontellier. Published in 1899 and with a setting in a southern location, Louisiana, the book was never banned but censored because of a female’s expressions that were sensual and sometimes sexual in nature, unheard of coming from a young woman of that era. Chopin was the first female from her home town, St. Louis, to become a professional writer. Only a few critics who had highly praised Chopin’s other works, considered the book the great work of fiction that it was and later recognized in the 1970’s. Most of those critics and even other female authors condemned Chopin’s choice of subject as “sex-fiction.”
Chopin’s character, Edna, is married to Leonce, a businessman, who seems to only accompany her for the family vacations in Grand Isle and is away on business the rest of the time so they can live and vacation in the manner of the wealthy. In fact, he leaves Edna to carry on as she pleases on these excursions with her best friend, Adele Ratignolle, and a handsome son of the Lebrun family, Robert, who manages the cabins. Edna and Leonce’s twins are taken care of by the “quadroon”, a racially mixed servant, whom Edna relies on almost entirely for the care of her children. She does express love for her children but motherhood is not her forte. Leonce pays less attention to his children then his wife and has no idea Edna is unhappy. Adele Ratignolle is the perfect friend, mother and wife. She is often faint and ill because of her constant state of pregnancy. Often, as a friend, she warns Edna to watch out for Robert’s propensity and temporary affection toward married women. Edna and Adele have a very close relationship and at least in one moment in the story it becomes that of a tender, almost sexual in nature, affair, but Chopin leaves that question unanswered to remain in the reader’s imagination. Then there is the quiet, solitary, pianist, Mademoiselle Reisz, whom Edna visits regularly once she returns home and is her only confidant regarding her emotional affair with Robert. Edna admires the Madame’s solitary life and herein Chopin leads us to believe Edna idolizes a lifestyle where one can do as they please.
Robert travels to Mexico to avoid an impending affair with Edna, now an artist, while she paints and dreams of sensual moments that do not involve her husband, sending her twins to visit the in-laws. Conveniently, Leonce is out of the picture long enough for her to become attracted to a replacement for Robert, Alcee Arobin, the local womanizer. Edna finally succumbs to Alcee’s persistence and consummates this affair, but continues to long for Robert. Robert does return from Mexico eventually, but the couple’s emotions battle each other to a final losing end.
Chopin leads the reader through Edna’s search for meaning of her true self, her identity crisis, and her “awakening” through the subject of sexuality. She explores topics like homosexuality and infidelity in a frank but very uncommon style for the late 19th century.
I enjoyed reading The Awakening and appreciate Chopin’s honesty and courage not only as a feminist, but as an author who brought to the public’s attention the need to re-evaluate the roles of men and women in marriage and parenting. Maybe Edna’s feelings could also apply to today’s families that spend so much of their time going separate ways instead of building lasting bonds together.
Like it or not we are sometimes subjects of our sexuality here in the 21st century as they were in 1899. This book was controversial simply because Kate Chopin let those feelings be known, quite the opposite of these days and times.

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