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Kate Chopin: Complete Novels and Stories: At Fault / Bayou Folk / A Night in Acadie / The Awakening / Uncollected Stories (Library of America) Hardcover – September 30, 2002
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Her first novel "At Fault" was apparently something of a roman a clef -- a thirtysomething Creole woman is widowed, and takes over the family estate. She falls in love with a businessman, David -- but he is divorced, and her strong Catholic beliefs don't allow her to marry a divorced man.
"Awakening" was the novel that outraged the Victorian morals and sensibilities of the time, and tragically ended Chopin's writing career. Beautiful wife and mother Edna Pontellier has it all: a wealthy husband, cute kids, beautiful house... and yet she is dissatisfied. So Edna begins dabbling in painting and extramarital flirtations, with tragic results.
"Bayou Folk" and a "Night in Acadie" are collections of short stories, centered in New Orleans and the areas of Louisiana nearby. Breakups, romance, death, marital dissatisfaction, freedom, racism and other still-touchy topics are explored in these stories, although bits of humor do intrude from time to time, such as the very short "Old Aunt Peggy," about an ancient black woman who astonishes everyone by never dying. Added on to these are a number of uncollected stories.
It takes a lot to make a book "scandalous" now, but in the late 1800s -- the height of the Victorian era -- it was painfully easy. There's nothing shocking in Chopin's writing by current standards, leaving her writing as a grave look at human nature. In that sense, Chopin's stories are truly timeless, and not just for women.Read more ›
She never shied away from tough topics such as the role of women in marriage and society, race, and the power of the individual and all done in a thought-provoking, fearless and often deft-penned manner.
I have much respect for her as a person and, most of all, her writings.
If you have already read her work and like it, by all means this is a great book to have.
If you haven't read her work, read one of her short stories, The Story of an Hour or Desiree's Baby, to see if you like it. If you're hooked, this is a great book that gives you her work in one wonderful volume.
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A good read. Women's life in another era. Edna is a complicated character. She never learned to be satisfied. Good characterization.Published 1 month ago by Isabel E. Wagner
A must-have for Chopin scholars and enthusiasts. If you loved The Awakening, you'll love "The Storm" even more!Published 6 months ago by Jessica S.
I first read an autobiography about Kate Chopin. I then wanted to move on to read her stories. The stories proved to be as interesting and complex as the author herself.Published 16 months ago by Betsy
Book. An old book reprint. I like having it. I am extremely happy to not have lived in her time. Kiss your Grandmas and Great Grandmas people.Published on July 11, 2014 by MC
The product arrived on time and as expected, in beautiful condition! An excellent edition to my personal collection--I couldn't be happier with this purchase.Published on September 22, 2013 by Penny Wren
Just what I was looking for--a compilation of this amazing writer's works. I can take it anywhere!
You won't be sorry. :)