At Fault

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Kate Chopin (1850-1904) was an American novelist and short story writer who is being increasingly recognized as a forerunner to the feminist authors of the twentieth century. Chopin wrote short stories which were published in such magazines as "Atlantic Monthly", "Vogue", and "The Century Magazine", as well as two novels. Her stories were typically set in Louisiana, particularly New Orleans, and reflected her experiences there during her marriage when her husband allowed her to act unconventionally, smoking and ...
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Overview

Kate Chopin (1850-1904) was an American novelist and short story writer who is being increasingly recognized as a forerunner to the feminist authors of the twentieth century. Chopin wrote short stories which were published in such magazines as "Atlantic Monthly", "Vogue", and "The Century Magazine", as well as two novels. Her stories were typically set in Louisiana, particularly New Orleans, and reflected her experiences there during her marriage when her husband allowed her to act unconventionally, smoking and going about unescorted. In her early novel, "At Fault", Chopin is just starting to delve into the psychology of her characters - a skill that she would hone and garner praise for later. It is an intensely focused story about propriety, love, the realities of marriage, and recovery from the Civil War. Chopin's literary career was sparked by the publication of "At Fault", and readers have consistently enjoyed her rich regional descriptions and depictions of fiercely independent women.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781848301092
  • Publisher: Echo Library
  • Publication date: 7/28/2008
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate Chopin (1850–1904) was born in St. Louis. She moved to Louisiana where she wrote two novels and numerous stories. Because The Awakening was widely condemned, publication of Chopin’s third story collection was cancelled. The Awakening was rediscovered by scholars in the 1960s and 1970s and is her best-known work.

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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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