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The Awakening

Autor Kate Chopin
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Kate Chopin was an American author whose works i the late 19th century greatly influenced the feminist authors of the 20th century. Chopin's best known novel is The Awakening which follows the life of Edna Pontellier who struggles to deal with the prevailing social attitudes towards women and motherhood in the late 19th century South.
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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9781494421144
ISBN-10: 1494421143
Pagini: 104
Dimensiuni: 152 x 229 x 6 mm
Greutate: 0.15 kg
Editura: CREATESPACE

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'She wanted to swim far out, where no woman had swum before.' 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. From her first stories, Chopin was interested in independent characters who challenged convention. This selection, freshly edited form the first printing of each text, enables readers to follow her unfolding career as she experimented with a broad range of writing, from tales for children to decadent fin-de siecle sketches. The Awakening is set alongside thirty-two short stories, illustrating the spectrum of the fiction from her first published stories to her 1898 secret masterpiece, 'The Storm'. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Textul de pe ultima copertă

When first published in 1899, "The Awakening" shocked readers with its honest treatment of female marital infidelity. Audiences accustomed to the pieties of late Victorian romantic fiction were taken aback by Chopin's daring portrayal of a woman trapped in a stifling marriage, who seeks and finds passionate physical love outside the straitened confines of her domestic situation.
Aside from its unusually frank treatment of a then-controversial subject, the novel is widely admired today for its literary qualities. Edmund Wilson characterized it as a work "quite uninhibited and beautifully written, which anticipates D. H. Lawrence in its treatment of infidelity."
Although the theme of marital infidelity no longer shocks, few novels have plumbed the psychology of a woman involved in an illicit relationship with the perception, artistry, and honesty that Kate Chopin brought to "The Awakening." Now available in this inexpensive edition, it offers a powerful and provocative reading experience to modern readers.
Unabridged Dover (1993) republication of the work first published by Herbert S. Stone & Co., Chicago, 1899.


Notă biografică

Kate Chopin was born as Katherine O'Flaherty in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1850, the daughter of an Irish immigrant father and French-Canadian mother. At age 20, she married Oscar Chopin and moved to New Orleans. With five sons and a daughter born in quick succession, Chopin tried to keep the family's cotton brokerage business afloat after her husband's death in 1882, but a few years later moved back to St. Louis to live with her mother. After losing her mother the following year, a family friend suggested that she write to deal with her sorrow. In 1890, at age 40, she published her first novel, At Fault, and her short stories appeared in major magazines throughout the 1890s. In 1899, The Awakening was published-a novel now considered one of the earliest feminist works. Chopin passed away in 1904 at age 54.

Caracteristici

Contains a carefully selected bibliography and extensive notes on the text together with extra material on the author's life and works

Recenzii

She does not speak only to women, but she speaks most powerfully about them.