Chopin - Complete Novels and Stories

ISBN-10: 1931082219

ISBN-13: 9781931082211

Edition: 2002

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From ruined Louisiana plantations to bustling, cosmopolitan New Orleans, Kate Chopin wrote with unflinching honesty about propriety and its strictures, the illusions of love and the realities of marriage, and the persistence of a past scarred by slavery and war. Her stories of fiercely independent women, culminating in her masterpiece The Awakening (1899), challenged contemporary mores as much by their sensuousness as their politics, and today seem decades ahead of their time. Now, The Library of America collects all of Chopin's novels and stories as never before in one authoritative volume. The explosive novel At Fault (1890) centers on a love triangle between a strong-willed young widow, a stiff St. Louis businessman, and the man's alcoholic wife. In the story collections Bayou Folk (1894) and A Night in Acadie (1897), Chopin transforms the local color sketch into taut, perfectly calibrated tales of post-Civil War bayou culture. In The Awakening, the now-classic novel that scandalized many of her contemporaries and effectively ended her writing career, Chopin tells the story of a restless, unsatisfied woman who embarks on a quixotic search for fulfillment. The volume also includes all the stories not collected by Chopin, including those meant for "A Vocation and a Voice," a projected volume that her publisher canceled in 1900, and three stories that were found in 1992 in a long-lost cache of Chopin's papers.
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List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Library of America, The
Publication date: 9/30/2002
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 1075
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.760
Language: English

Kate Chopin was born Katherine O'Flaherty in St. Louis, Missouri, on February 8, 1851, to Eliza Faris and Thomas O'Flaherty. Although she was brought up in a wealthy and socially elite Catholic family, Chopin's childhood was marred by tragedies. Her father was killed in a train accident when Chopin was just four years old, and in the following years she also lost her older brother, great-grandmother, and half-brother. In 1870, at the age of 19, she married Oscar Chopin, the son of a wealthy cotton-growing family in Louisiana. The couple had seven children together, five boys and two girls, before Oscar died of swamp fever in 1883. The following year, Chopin packed up her family and moved back to St. Louis to be with her mother, who died just a year later. To support herself and her family, Chopin started to write. Her first novel, At Fault, was published in 1890. Her most famous work, The Awakening, inspired by a real-life New Orleans woman who committed adultery, was published in 1899. The book explores the social and psychological consequences of a woman caught in an unhappy marriage in 19th century America, is now considered a classic of the feminist movement and caused such an uproar in the community that Chopin almost entirely gave up writing. Chopin did try her hand at a few short stories, most of which were not even published. Chopin died on August 22, 1904, of a brain hemorrhage, after collapsing at the World's Fair just two days before.

At Fault
Bayou Folk
A No-Account Creole
In and Out of Old Natchitoches
In Sabine
A Very Fine Fiddle
Beyond the Bayou
Old Aunt Peggy
The Return of Alcibiade
A Rude Awakening
The Benitous' Slave
Desiree's Baby
A Turkey Hunt
Madame Celestin's Divorce
Love on the Bon-Dieu
Boulot and Boulotte
For Marse Chouchoute
A Visit to Avoyelles
A Wizard from Gettysburg
Ma'ame Pelagie
At the 'Cadian Ball
La Belle Zoraide
A Gentleman of Bayou Teche
A Lady of Bayou St. John
A Night in Acadie
A Night in Acadie
After the Winter
A Matter of Prejudice
A Dresden Lady in Dixie
Neg Creol
The Lilies
A Sentimental Soul
Dead Men's Shoes
At Cheniere Caminada
Odalie Misses Mass
Tante Cat'rinette
A Respectable Woman
Ripe Figs
Ozeme's Holiday
The Awakening
Uncollected Stories
Emancipation. A Life Fable
Wiser Than a God
A Point at Issue!
Miss Witherwell's Mistake
With the Violin
Mrs. Mobry's Reason
The Going Away of Liza
The Maid of Saint Phillippe
A Shameful Affair
A Harbinger
Doctor Chevalier's Lie
An Embarrassing Position: Comedy in One Act
A Little Free-Mulatto
Miss McEnders
An Idle Fellow
The Story of an Hour
The Night Came Slowly
The Kiss
Her Letters
Two Summers and Two Souls
The Unexpected
Two Portraits
Madame Martel's Christmas Eve
The Recovery
A Pair of Silk Stockings
Aunt Lympy's Interference
The Blind Man
Ti Frere
A Vocation and a Voice
A Mental Suggestion
The Locket
A Morning Walk
An Egyptian Cigarette
A Family Affair
Elizabeth Stock's One Story
A Horse Story
The Storm
The Godmother
A Little Country Girl
A Reflection
Ti Demon
A December Day in Dixie
Alexandre's Wonderful Experience
The Gentleman from New Orleans
The White Eagle
The Wood-Choppers
The Impossible Miss Meadows
Note on the Texts
Index of Titles
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