The Awakening by Kate Chopin

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First published in 1899, this novel shocked readers with its open sensuality and uninhibited treatment of marital infidelity. Poignant and lyrical, it tells the story of a New Orleans wife who attempts to find love outside a stifling marriage. Critics have praised it as a first-rate narrative and a forerunner of the modern novel. Newly available in this inexpensive edition, "The Awakening" offers modern readers superb characterization and an insightful portrait of a woman’s awakening to physical passion. New introductory note.

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The 666th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 17th on The Best Southern Novels of All Time (Oxford American)
  2. - 50th on Radcliffe's 100 Best Novels (Radcliffe Publishing Course)
  3. - 83rd on The Novel 100: A Ranking of the Greatest Novels of All Time (The Novel 100)
  4. - The College Board: 101 Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers (http://www.uhlibrary.net/pdf/college_board_recommended_books.pdf)
  5. - The 100 Greatest American Novels, 1893 – 1993 (Jeff O'Neal at Bookriot.com)
  6. - The Book of Great Books: A Guide to 100 World Classics (Book)
  7. - The Graphic Canon (Book)

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