Penguin.com (usa)

The Awakening and Selected Stories

Kate Chopin - Author

Sandra M. Gilbert - Editor/introduction

ePub eBook | $8.99 | add to cart | view cart
ISBN 9781101200773 | 288 pages | 01 May 1984 | Penguin Classics | 18 - AND UP
Additional Formats:
Summary of The Awakening and Selected Stories Summary of The Awakening and Selected Stories Reviews for The Awakening and Selected Stories An Excerpt from The Awakening and Selected Stories

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.