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Kate Chopins Private Papers

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"Toth and Seyersted's well-organized, carefully edited volume makes available all manuscripts and related items from all archival collections.... This volume is essential for American literature collections." ?Choice

An edition of the primarily unpublished papers of Kate Chopin, author of the feminist classic 'The Awakening. These papers illuminate the growth of Chopin as a writer, reveal the reactions of critics to her work, and settle a ...

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Overview

"Toth and Seyersted's well-organized, carefully edited volume makes available all manuscripts and related items from all archival collections.... This volume is essential for American literature collections." —Choice

An edition of the primarily unpublished papers of Kate Chopin, author of the feminist classic 'The Awakening. These papers illuminate the growth of Chopin as a writer, reveal the reactions of critics to her work, and settle a number of controversies in Chopin studies.

Indiana University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Toth and Seyersted, both biographers of Chopin, have categorized this wealth of mostly unpublished material according to Chopin's three identities: the unmarried Kate O'Flaherty (1850-70), the wife and mother (1871--84), and the widow and professional writer (1885-1904). However, disappointment awaits anyone looking to these varied papers--including notebooks, diaries, poems, and illustrations--for a clear psychological picture of the spirit behind the masterpiece The Awakening (1899). A private person with a strong sense of Victorian propriety, Chopin reveals little of her inner life; even her 1894 diary is guarded and unenlightening. Only her manuscript account books--with word counts, publication place and date, and payment--indicate how seriously she took her profession as a writer. The insights Toth provides into Chopin's life surely did not come from these morsels. Recommended for large academic libraries only.--Charles C. Nash, Cottey Coll., Nevada, MO
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253331120
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1998
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Emily Toth, Professor of English at Louisiana State University, is the author of _Kate Chopin: A Life_; editor of Chopin's _A Vocation and a
Voice_:and creator of _Ms. Mentor's Impeccable Advice for Women in Academia._

Per Seyersted, Professor Emeritus at the University of Oslo, is the author of _Kate Chopin: a Critical Biography_ and editor of _The Complete Works of Kate Chopin_.

Cheyenne Bonnell, who has taught at universities in Pennsylvania and Wyoming, writes on Victorian Literature.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Chronology of Kate Chopin's Life
General Introduction
1850-1870: Kate O'Flaherty 1
Leaves of Affection 3
Commonplace Book 9
1871-1884: Kate O'Flaherty Chopin 123
1885-1904: Kate Chopin 129
Manuscript Account Books 136
"Impressions": Kate Chopin's 1894 Diary 176
The "Lilia" Polka 195
Letters and Inscriptions 200
Newspaper Pieces 217
Translations 226
Rediscovered Short Stories 245
Rankin-Marhefka Fragments: Portions of Short Stories 269
Poems 286
Statements on The Awakening 295
Reminiscences about Kitty Garesche 297
Last Will and Testament of Kate Chopin 300
App Complete Works of Kate Chopin 303
Notes 311
Core Bibliography for Kate Chopin Scholars 325
Index 327
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