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Kate Chopin Collection

The Awakening and Selected Short Stories
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From 1892 to 1895, Chopin wrote short stories for both children and adults which were published in such magazines as Atlantic Monthly, Vogue, The Century Magazine, and The Youth's Companion. Her major works were two short story collections, Bayou Folk (1894) and A Night in Acadie (1897). Her important short stories included "Desiree's Baby", a tale of miscegenation in antebellum Louisiana (published in 1893), "The Story of an Hour" (1894), and "The Storm "(1898).

"The Storm" is a sequel to "The 'Cadian Ball," which appeared in her first collection of short stories, Bayou Folk. Chopin also wrote two novels: At Fault (1890) and The Awakening (1899), which are set in New Orleans and Grand Isle, respectively. The people in her stories are usually inhabitants of Louisiana. Many of her works are set in Natchitoches in North Central Louisiana.

Within a decade of her death, Chopin was widely recognized as one of the leading writers of her time. In 1915, Fred Lewis Pattee wrote, "some of [Chopin's] work is equal to the best that has been produced in France or even in America. [She displayed] what may be described as a native aptitude for narration amounting almost to genius."

Public Domain (P)2012 Trout Lake Media

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  • 08-10-2017

Out of Date

Late nineteenth century time period. Depressed wife and mother. Unconcerned husband. Could not finish this one.

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  • 21-03-2020

Good Writing, but Dreadful Reading

The Awakening is a great story ahead of its time in how it represents women in a stifling society, but the experience is ruined by the narrator, who appears not to have read the work before presenting it. The delivery is staccato and mannered, with pauses and irritating inflexions that interrupt the flow and make it a painful listen. I have deleted this version from my library and purchased an alternative.