A Vocation and a Voice: Stories (Penguin Classics)

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Published for the first time as Chopin intended, this is a collection of her most innovative stories, including "The Story of an Hour," "An Egyptian Cigarette," and "The Kiss."

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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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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This third and last short story collection, written between 1893 and 1900 and canceled by her publisher during the author's lifetime, now appears to increase our understanding of a woman who wrote daringly and unconventionally for her day. Her controversial novel, The Awakening (1899), has been assumed to be the cause for cancellation. Bayou Folk , her charming first story collection, dealt with Louisiana country people. In her second collection, A Night in Acadie , also set in Louisiana, she wrote for "seasoned souls" about adult realities. In this third volume, local color no longer matters--passions consume, romance explodes, and the spiritual pales. Most memorable are the women, the bold narrator who has drug-induced visions in "An Egyptian Cigarette"; the worldly actress Adrienne in "Lilacs" who seeks the serenity of the convent in annual visits, only to find her gifts ultimately rejected and Sister Agathe prostrate with grief; the wife who hears of her husband's accidental death in "The Story of an Hour" and exults in the prospect of absolute freedom. Though the themes and characters hardly seem shocking today, any reader or scholar interested in women's studies or period American literature will find this collection necessary. See also editor Toth's Kate Chopin , reviewed in LJ 10/15/90.
-Addie Lee Bracy, Beaver Coll. Lib., Glenside, Pa.
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