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Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Awakening and Other Stories by Kate Chopin

The Awakening and Other Short Stories: Chopin, KateThe first time I heard of Kate Chopin was during a visit to Natchitoches in Louisiana. We drove to Cloutierville and Kate Chopin's home, which had been turned into the Bayou Folk Museum, but unfortunately all we found were charred remains. The house had succumbed to an electrical fire just six months earlier.
In 1890 she published her first novel, At Fault, at her own expense and many of her short stories were published in magazines during the late 1800s. The Awakening, with a theme of infidelity and sexual freedom, was as scandalous when it was first published in 1899 as Shades of Gray is today. In her stories, Ms. Chopin allows her women to be independent and enjoy romantic affairs as she did herself. Her stories also reflect the French influenced (Creole) life in Louisiana. In her stories Ms. Chopin takes us into the world of Creole ladies with beautiful flowing language and vivid descriptions.


Joanne said...

Probably fun to read what was scandalous back in 1899. I prefer the flowing language and innuendo to some of the blatant product today. Very interesting find.

K9friend said...

Looks like a very worthwhile read!

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Tiffany Norris said...

Oh, I adore Kate Chopin! Her short stories are wonderful, and her life story is pretty interesting in itself, too.

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

I have never heard of Kate Chopin but I am sure her writing is fascinating going on your description of 'the world of Creole ladies'