Penguin Classics: The Awakening & Selected Stories

Penguin Classics: The Awakening & Selected Stories by Kate Chopin
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ISBN
9780142437322
Date Released
Binding
Paperback
Pages
288
Dimensions
129 x 198mm
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A daring novel of a woman's sexual and spiritual awakening

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.
ISBN:
9780142437322
Publication Date:
20 / 05 / 2003
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
129 x 198mm

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