- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Scholar's Choice (Feb. 17 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1296125939
- ISBN-13: 978-1296125936
- Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 1.7 x 24.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 576 g
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Bayou Folk - Scholar's Choice Edition Paperback – Feb 17 2015
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About the Author
Kate Chopin was born in St. Louis, Missouri, In 1851. She began writing shortly after herHusband's death and, from 1889 until her ownDeath, her stories and other miscellaneousWritings appeared in Vogue, Youth's companion, Atlantic Monthly, Century, Saturday EveningPost, and other publications. In addition to The Awakening, Mrs. Chopin published another novel, At Fault, and two collections of short stories and sketches, Bayou Folk and A Night at Acadie. The publication of The Awakening in 1899 occasioned shocked and angry response from reviewers all over the country. The book was taken off the shelves of the St. Louis mercantile library and its author was barred from the fine arts club. Kate Chopin died in 1904.
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Chopin's stories are culturally significant for a diverse and stirred up post Civil War Louisiana society. They are humanly sigificant. She is sensitive and fair-minded.
Chopin has been criticized for not holding 21st Century values and criticizing the racist/sexist/elitist world she lived in. However, she has done better. She has reported things 'as they were'. That's what makes these stories important. (If she were to be editorial, I'd wonder what she has to say about us. I doubt she'd see social improvement.)
Chopin was lost in obscurity following her novella, The Awakening. Rediscovery, awareness, and interest came in the '70's, catalyzed by the feminist movement.
I discovered Chopin in an anthology, Forms of the Novella (David H. Richter, 1981, Knopf), which contains The Awakening. (Buy Forms of the Novella next.) My reaction was interesting. Despite recognizing the greatness of Chopin as a writer, I was deeply disturbed by this story and doubted whether I wanted to read more. Learning of the feminist connection also made me uneasy. It made me think she had an 'agenda'. Curiosity prevailed. My trepidation was inappropriate. Chopin is the least sexist writer I can think of. She laughs at men & women, and cries with them, equally.
These stories are delightful! If you can read, read them! Even the ones that are fluffy and predictable are worth the read (see my first sentence).