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The Complete Works of Kate Chopin

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  352 ratings  ·  23 reviews
In 1969, Per Seyersted gave the world the first collected works of Kate Chopin. Seyersted's presentation of Chopin's writings and biographical and bibliographical information led to the rediscovery and celebration of this turn-of-the-century author. Newsweek hailed the two-volume opus—"In story after story and in all her novels, Kate Chopin's oracular feminism and propheti...more
Hardcover, 1032 pages
Published December 1st 1969 by Lsu Press (first published March 22nd 1899)
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A really great book shows us how everything is great and worth to die for
J. Guapster
Apr 30, 2013 J. Guapster marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
153 pages in paperback edition. You can easily read this in one or two days.

One sentence summary: a married woman with two children in a well-to-do southern household realizes that her materially comfortable marriage is unfulfilling and she contemplates (but does not consummate) adultery.

The Awakening, first published in 1899, treats all of the same major themes found in Madame Bovary (1856) and Anna Karenina (1877): the subordination of women in marriage, marriage as bondage, tension between...more
Serendipity? Coincidence? Perfect timing? All of the above? Yes.
Amazing reading experience -- referring to The Awakening the novel published in 1899 which according to info in thie edition basically ended the writing career of the author and caused her works to fall into disrepute until many years later.

I immediately found a deep connection between this novel and the Kathleen Norris book I am reading -- Acedia and Me. I also drew parallels between The Awakening and the Virginia Woolf book publis...more
Absolutely wonderful book. Kate Chopin was a pioneer in female writers and it's no surprise her stories were considered ahead of their time. I'm thrilled she was rediscovered in the late 1900's and is now in the history books as a feminist writer. Her stories also present a glimpse into the life and culture of the late 1800's. Engaging characters and brilliant, life-like landscapes. This is a must-read for those who like classical literature.
Oct 10, 2008 Gary rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Gary by: Michelle Argyle
I just finished Kate Chopin's "The Awakening". I hesitate to say to much, not wanting to spoil it for anyone. I can say her style of writing is so clear. No superfluous passages to be found. Just a story that will touch you deeply. Considering the position of women in 1900 when this was written it even becomes more poignant. The lack of freedom and the stifling of the true person inside, and the pressures of society to conform.
Yet Edna in "The Awakening" does taste some of the freedom she had...more
Chopin is a fantastic writer. This volume includes her wonderful novel, The Awakening, which was shocking at the time as it's about a woman who decides to (gasp) dispense with convention and think for herself.

The short stories are marvellous, as they transport you to the Creole world of Louisiana in the mid 1800s. In just a few pages she draws a portrait of the people and character of that era.
I can never get enough of Kate Chopin even though I have read her a half dozen times. She is famous as being one of the first feminist novelists and short story writers, but what interests me most is the style and flow of her writing. Her sentences, vocabulary and the way she paints pictures of the lazy south plantation life is outstanding. I highly recommend this book.
This is the closest I could find to the short stories I read; A Family Affair, Ti Demon, and Desiree's Baby. I enjoyed the short stories, and I might add The Awakening to my ever growing to-read list, just to see how Chopin's writing style changes with a different genre.
We didn't actually read this book, but downloaded selected short stories of Kate Chopin for book group. What amazed me was how 'racy' these stories were, considering when they were written. Explorations of prejudice, class, love and lust. Interesting.
There's nothing more wonderful than ending my days by curling up in bed with Kate and her intriguing and inspirational, independent and poised characters in the bayous of Louisiana. I love the prevalence of Chopin's voice in all of her stories.
This beautifully written book is an inspiration to feminists.
Chopin was an advocate of woman's writes. Her advocacy shines through her eccentric stories but her points are clearly heard and respected. Truly a gem.
I had to split my stars here, because while I LOVE Kate Chopin's short stories, the story The Awakening
infuriated me. My fav. short story is Desiree's Baby.
Julie H.
So the version I have is the great horkin' two-volume set from 1970. Oh well, it's not like she lived in immediate proximity to my university or anything....
Very good Novel and I loved the short stories as well. Kate Chopin is a gifted writer and it is a shame that her book went unnoticed for so long.
Just LOVE her. She's feminist without be a nazi, funny too, and her stories make me long for warm nights in her New Orleans.
Carl Remi Beauregard
The Awakening, always eye opening. The short stories, somehow more satisfying.
Allison Rogers
The story of a hour.. showed how wemon hade no citizenship in the 1800's .....
Nov 04, 2010 Eswrowell is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Love these short stories. Puts The Awakening in a different light for me.
Kristen-Marie Freeman
I didn't read this edition, but wanted to rate Desiree's Baby (a five).
Jennifer White
Absolutely wonderful, a huge inspiration to me!
Apr 14, 2014 Nancy marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Love the story "No Regret"
Love Chopin...especially The Awakening
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Kate Chopin was an American novelist and short-story writer best known for her startling 1899 novel, The Awakening. Born in St. Louis, she moved to New Orleans after marrying Oscar Chopin in 1870. Less than a decade later Oscar's cotton business fell on hard times and they moved to his family's plantation in the Natchitoches Parish of northwestern Louisiana. Oscar died in 1882 and Kate was suddenl...more
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