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The Awakening by Kate Chopin is a short novel, published in 1899. Now considered a feminist classic, it was widely criticized, even reviled when first published, and even decades after. It’s the story of Edna Pontellier, who searches for meaning outside the cultural roles of wife and mother, and fulfillment of her sexuality and desire for independence.
The book was banned in many quarters long after its initial publication. Many critics — and the public — actually called the story “poison.” Following is a fairly typical review from the time of the book’s original publication, not slamming the book entirely, but professing confusion over its purpose and propriety. This following review is typical of the those published upon its publication. Read More→