Awakening - Kate Chopin
Kate Chopin Books
Kate Chopin (1851-1904) wrote stories and novels about Louisiana, capturing the culture and intricacies. After the publication of Kate Chopin's scandalous novel, The Awakening, the literary world ignored her stories for the next 70 years. Read about the life and works of Kate Chopin.
'Awakening' Study Guide
The Awakening is a novel by Kate Chopin. The book was published in 1899, and it centers around Edna Pontellier. She is a young wife and mother until she begins to awaken to herself (who she is and what she wants) while on vacation in Grand Isle, Louisiana. Here's a study guide for The Awakening.
Published in 1899, The Awakening remains an important title in feminist literature. Kate Chopin's work is a book I will revisit again and again--each time with a different perspective.
Read Kate Chopin's novel, The Awakening, published in 1899.
'Awakening' Quotes - Kate Chopin
Kate Chopin's novel, The Awakening (1899), is the famous tale of Edna Pontellier, who leaves her family, commits adultery, and begins to rediscover her true self--as an artist. Here are a few famous quotations from the novel.
'Awakening' Questions for Study and Discussion
The Awakening is one of the greatest works by Kate Chopin. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.
Chopin: Complete Novels and Stories
Now, for the first time, Library of America publishes the complete works of Chopin in one authoritative volume, including many previously uncollected stories. As the publisher writes: "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..."
Awakening Books and Editions
The Awakening, by Kate Chopin was published in 1899, and Willa Cather called it a "Creole 'Bovary'." The book was thought to be immoral and scandalous, with Edna Pontellier committing adultery and then suicide.
Collected Works: Kate Chopin
Read the stories and novels of Kate Chopin.
In Search of Freedom
This feature discusses Chopin's life experiences and how this influenced her writing.
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The Awakened One
"If read as a suicide, then Edna Pontellier's last swim is a consequence of her awakening to the limitations of her femaleness in male-dominant society. But on a metaphysical level, especially from the Buddhist perspective, 'The Awakening''s final scene can be seen as Edna's final gesture in trying to grasp the essence of her being."
Kate Chopin Quotes
Kate Chopin (1851-1904) starting writing short stories and novels after the death of her husband, Oscar, in 1882. She was able to dramatically depict the people (Creoles and 'Cadians) and places of Louisiana with careful and unforgettable detail. Kate Chopin never wrote another novel (that we know of) after "The Awakening" was such a scandal in 1899. Here, you'll find a few famous quotes from the works of Kate Chopin.