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978-0-14-243732-2 / 9780142437322

The Awakening and Selected Stories (Penguin Classics) [ THE AWAKENING AND SELECTED STORIES (PENGUIN CLASSICS) ] By Chopin, Kate ( Author )Feb-04-2003 Paperback

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Publisher:Penguin Books

Edition:Softcover

Language:English

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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.

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