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Book Title: Three Classics by American Women: The Awakening; Ethan Frome; O Pioneers!|
The author of the book: Kate Chopin
ISBN 13: 9780553213829
Edition: Bantam Classic
Date of issue: March 1st 1990
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In one volume, readers now have access to three classic novels by outstanding American women authors.
THE AWAKENING by Kate Chopin
Jean Stafford wrote, "Kate Chopin was long before her time in dealing with sexual passion...and the personal emotions of women." The Awakening, which shocked its contemporary critics in 1899, is now considered a masterpiece, a novel that traces a woman's growing sensuality, search for identity, and final self-destruction--in a drama played out against the sultry climate and insulated culture of Creole New Orleans.
ETHAN FROME by Edith Wharton
"There are only three or four American novelists who can be thought of as 'major' and Edith Wharton is one", wrote Gore Vidal. In Ethan Frome, her most popular novel, Wharton tells a tragic story of thwarted love with irony and bitterness that seems to reflect the author's own dissatisfaction with twentieth-century American values.
O PIONEERS! by Willa Cather
Rebecca West called Willa Cather "the most sensuous of writers" because of her evocative descriptions of American life. Cather's magnificent tale of the Nebraska prairie, O Pioneers!, portrays a woman of strong will and even stronger desire to overcome adversity, bringing to life the prairie landscape in lush, provocative colors.
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Read information about the authorKate 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 suddenly a young widow with six children. She turned to writing and published her first poem in 1889. The Awakening, considered Chopin's masterpiece, was subject to harsh criticism at the time for its frank approach to sexual themes. It was rediscovered in the 1960s and has since become a standard of American literature, appreciated for its sophistication and artistry. Chopin's short stories of Cajun and Creole life are collected in Bayou Folk (1894) and A Night in Acadie (1897), and include "Desiree's Baby," "The Story of an Hour" and "The Storm."
Some biographers cite 1850 as Chopin's birth year.