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The Awakening
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Bantam Classic & Loveswept
Publication date August 1, 1992
Binding Paperback
Edition Reissue
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780553213300
ISBN-10 055321330X
Dimensions 0.75 by 4.25 by 7 in.
Weight 0.25 lbs.
Original list price $4.95
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
When a Louisiana woman meets a young resort owner while on vacation, she begins to fall in love with him despite her own marriage, in a sensuous short novel, first published in 1899, that is accompanied by a selection of short fiction by Chopin. Reissue. (view table of contents)
Amazon.com description: Product Description: First published in 1899, this beautiful, brief  novel so disturbed critics and the public that it  was banished for decades afterward. Now widely read  and admired, The Awakening has  been hailed as an early vision of woman's  emancipation. This sensuous book tells of a woman's  abandonment of her family, her seduction, and her  awakening to desires and passions that threated to  consumer her. Originally entitled "A Solitary  Soul," this portrait of twenty-eight-year-old  Edna Pontellier is a landmark in American fiction,  rooted firmly in the romantic tradition of Herman  Melville and Emily Dickinson. Here, a woman in  search of self-discovery turns away from convention and  society, and toward the primal, from convention  and society, and toward the primal, irresistibly  attracted to nature and the sensesThe  Awakening, Kate Chopin's last novel, has been  praised by Edmund Wilson as "beautifully  written." And Willa Cather described its style as  "exquisite," "sensitive," and  "iridescent." This edition of The  Awakening also includes a selection of  short stories by Kate Chopin.

"This seems to me a  higher order of feminism than repeating the story  of woman as victim... Kate Chopin gives her female  protagonist the central role, normally reserved  for Man, in a meditation on identity and culture,  consciousness and art." -- From the  introduction by Marilynne Robinson.

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