The Awakening

The Awakening

Part of The Art of the Novella

Condemned as “sordid” and “immoral” on its publication in 1899, this story of a woman trapped in her marriage effectively ended Chopin’s career but was revived as a proto-feminist classic in the 1970s. What Newsweek calls Chopin’s “prophetic psychology” insures its timeliness today.

KATE CHOPIN lived in Louisiana during her marriage and began to write after her husband’s death. In addition to The Awakening, she wrote a novel, At Fault, and more than 100 short stories.

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