“She wanted to swim far out, where no woman had swum before.”
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.
Melville House celebrates this renegade art form and its practitioners with titles that are, in many instances, presented in book form for the first time. There are currently 43 novellas available---the whole set is discounted and can be yours for only $320.