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Kate Chopin: Complete Novels and Stories

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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...
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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931082211
  • Publisher: Library of America, The
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Series: Library of America Series
  • Pages: 1075
  • Sales rank: 499,586
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 8.16 (h) x 1.31 (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

At Fault 1
A No-Account Creole 165
In and Out of Old Natchitoches 191
In Sabine 205
A Very Fine Fiddle 214
Beyond the Bayou 216
Old Aunt Peggy 223
The Return of Alcibiade 224
A Rude Awakening 231
The Benitous' Slave 240
Desiree's Baby 242
A Turkey Hunt 248
Madame Celestin's Divorce 250
Love on the Bon-Dieu 254
Loka 266
Boulot and Boulotte 273
For Marse Chouchoute 275
A Visit to Avoyelles 282
A Wizard from Gettysburg 286
Ma'ame Pelagie 294
At the 'Cadian Ball 302
La Belle Zoraide 312
A Gentleman of Bayou Teche 318
A Lady of Bayou St. John 325
A Night in Acadic 335
Athenaise 353
After the Winter 386
Polydore 395
Regret 403
A Matter of Prejudice 407
Caline 414
A Dresden Lady in Dixie 417
Neg Creol 425
The Lilies 432
Azelie 438
Mamouche 448
A Sentimental Soul 456
Dead Men's Shoes 467
At Cheniere Caminada 475
Odalie Misses Mass 486
Cavanelle 491
Tante Cat'rinette 497
A Respectable Woman 506
Ripe Figs 510
Ozeme's Holiday 511
The Awakening 519
Emancipation. A Life Fable 659
Wiser Than a God 660
A Point at Issue! 670
Miss Witherwell's Mistake 683
With the Violin 692
Mrs. Mobry's Reason 696
The Going Away of Liza 706
The Maid of Saint Phillippe 711
A Shameful Affair 719
A Harbinger 726
Doctor Chevalier's Lie 728
An Embarrassing Position: Comedy in One Act 730
Croque-Mitaine 742
A Little Free-Mulatto 744
Miss McEnders 746
An Idle Fellow 755
The Story of an Hour 756
Lilacs 759
The Night Came Slowly 772
Juanita 773
The Kiss 775
Her Letters 778
Two Summers and Two Souls 786
The Unexpected 789
Two Portraits 793
Fedora 798
Vagabonds 801
Madame Martel's Christmas Eve 804
The Recovery 812
A Pair of Silk Stockings 816
Aunt Lympy's Interference 821
The Blind Man 828
Ti Frere 830
A Vocation and a Voice 839
A Mental Suggestion 869
Suzette 880
The Locket 884
A Morning Walk 890
An Egyptian Cigarette 894
A Family Affair 898
Elizabeth Stock's One Story 911
A Horse Story 918
The Storm 926
The Godmother 932
A Little Country Girl 952
A Reflection 959
Ti Demon 960
A December Day in Dixie 965
Alexandre's Wonderful Experience 968
The Gentleman from New Orleans 977
Charlie 985
The White Eagle 1021
The Wood-Choppers 1024
Polly 1030
The Impossible Miss Meadows 1035
Chronology 1043
Note on the Texts 1054
Notes 1060
Index of Titles 1069
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