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In her own time, the works of Kate Chopin (1851–1904) shocked readers and critics with their challenge to contemporary mores. Her stories and novels reveal unsparing truths about the interior lives of women, some of whom experienced profound disillusionment with the rigid yoke of marriage, combined with an unfulfilled longing for self-realization. Celebrated today as a precursor of twentieth-century feminism, Chopin's fiction is considered to be among the masterpieces of ...
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In her own time, the works of Kate Chopin (1851–1904) shocked readers and critics with their challenge to contemporary mores. Her stories and novels reveal unsparing truths about the interior lives of women, some of whom experienced profound disillusionment with the rigid yoke of marriage, combined with an unfulfilled longing for self-realization. Celebrated today as a precursor of twentieth-century feminism, Chopin's fiction is considered to be among the masterpieces of American literature.
True to the writer's intrepid explorations of taboo subjects and resonating with autobiographical elements, At Fault masterfully portrays a complex love triangle amid the tensions of the rural post-Reconstruction South. Thérèse Lafirme is a young Creole widow in love with a divorced St. Louis businessman, David Hosmer. The moral and religious constraints thrust upon Thérèse prevent her acceptance of Hosmer's wedding proposal, setting the two on a treacherous path that involves Hosmer's former wife, Fanny. Originally published in 1890, the novel is marked by the same fearless examination of society and sexuality that distinguish Chopin's later works.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780961428518
  • Publisher: Green Street Press, The
  • Publication date: 2/1/1986
  • Series: Reprints Series
  • Edition description: 1st paperback edition
  • Pages: 213

Meet the Author

A precursor of the 20th century's feminist authors, Kate Chopin (1850–1904) wrote short stories and novels for children and adults. The St. Louis native lived in New Orleans for a dozen years and set most of her tales amid Louisiana's Creole culture. Many of her stories were well ahead of their time, and she achieved widespread acclaim only after her death.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Suggestions for Further Reading
A Note on the Text
Part I
I The Mistress of Place-du-Bois 5
II At the Mill 10
III In the Pirogue 14
IV A Small Interruption 19
V In the Pine Woods 22
VI Melicent Talks 28
VII Painful Disclosures 34
VIII Treats of Melicent 41
IX Face to Face 47
X Fanny's Friends 52
XI The Self-Assumed Burden 58
XII Severing Old Ties 62
Part II
I Fanny's First Night at Place-du-Bois 73
II "Neva to See You!" 78
III A Talk Under the Cedar Tree 82
IV Therese Crosses the River 87
V One Afternoon 93
VI One Night 101
VII Melicent Leaves Place-du-Bois 108
VIII With Loose Rein 114
IX The Reason Why 120
X Perplexing Things 125
XI A Social Evening 130
XII Tidings That Sting 138
XIII Melicent Hears the News 142
XIV A Step Too Far 148
XV A Fateful Solution 153
XVI To Him Who Waits 161
XVII Conclusion 166
Explanatory Notes 171
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