A Vocation and a Voice
Vocation and a Voice by Kate Chopin
Book DescriptionFirst published in 1899, this beautiful, brief novel so disturbed critics and the public that it was banished for decades afterward. Now widely read and admired, "The Awakening" has been hailed as an early vision of woman's emancipation. This sensuous book tells of a woman's abandonment of her family, her seduction, and her awakening to desires and passions that threated to consumer her. Originally entitled "A Solitary Soul, " this portrait of twenty-eight-year-old Edna Pontellier is a landmark in American fiction, rooted firmly in the romantic tradition of Herman Melville and Emily Dickinson. Here, a woman in search of self-discovery turns away from convention and society, and toward the primal, from convention and society, and toward the primal, irresistibly attracted to nature and the senses "The Awakening," Kate Chopin's last novel, has been praised by Edmund Wilson as "beautifully written." And Willa Cather described its style as "exquisite, " "sensitive, " and "iridescent." This edition of "The Awakening" also includes a selection of short stories by Kate Chopin. "This seems to me a higher order of feminism than repeating the story of woman as victim... Kate Chopin gives her female protagonist the central role, normally reserved for Man, in a meditation on identity and culture, consciousness and art." -- From the introduction by Marilynne Robinson.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780140390780
(197mm x 128mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Penguin Books Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 30-May-1991
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Kate Chopin
Awakening, Paperback (March 2016)
Kate Chopin's classic, an American Anna Karenina, joins Canongate's Canons series. With an introduction by Barbara Kingsolver
Awakening and Selected Stories, Paperback (September 2015)
Widely censured at the time of its publication in 1899, Kate Chopin's The Awakening is an evocative story of self-discovery and female emancipation that has since become one of the most popular classics in the American canon.
Kate Chopin the Dover Reader, Paperback (April 2015)
Concise introduction to the 19th-century, pre-feminist author features complete text of The Awakening plus short stories, including "The Storm," "The Story of an Hour," and "A Pair of Silk Stockings."
Pair of Silk Stockings, Paperback (February 2015)» View all books by Kate Chopin
From one of the most daring writers of fin-de-siecle America, this title features five stories of awakening that range from Louisiana's plantations and poverty-stricken bayous to its gilded cities.
US Kirkus Review » An intriguing collection of stories by the author of The Awakening (see Toth's biography of Chopin on p. 1447) - a book that so appalled her public that her publisher cancelled the collection she called A Vocation and a Voice in 1899. So here, for the first time, are those stories, which document Chopin's talents for florid emotionalism and lively dialect, as well as her eccentricities - though it should be noted that some of the entries have previously been anthologized. The title tale chronicles a young man's coming of age as he wanders around the South with a fortuneteller named Suzima, "The Egyptian Maid," who introduces him to sex. In Chopin's hands, eros is inextricably bound up with the boy's love of nature, though he eventually shakes himself free from the woman and joins a religious order, erecting a wall around himself which cannot quite keep out the cajoling sound of Suzima's voice. In this and other stories, Chopin's endings are so vague as to seem hieroglyphic. Sometimes, though, she attempts to imitate her favorite writer, Maupassant, producing bracing final twists, as in "The Story of an Hour," about a woman who receives the news that her husband has died with unadulterated joy, only to have him walk through the door minutes later. Chopin indulges her penchant for thick emotionalism - which becomes on occasion grotesque - in pieces like "Her Letters," and her irrepressible desire to shock in obliquely tackling subjects like lesbianism and hashish smoking. An indispensable addition to the slim Chopin oeuvre. The collection doesn't establish her as a major short-story writer, but it does illuminate the mind that produced The Awakening - and is interesting, too, as a literary artifact, since here Chopin spins out dreams the last century couldn't tolerate. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Kate Chopin
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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