Kate Chopin: The Awakening

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PicturePublished in April 1899, Kate Chopin’s The Awakening met with a barrage of negative reviews. Chopin was typically castigated by the New Orleans Times-Democrat newspaper for “totally unjustifiable conduct”. The central character of the novel, Edna Pontellier, was vilified for infidelity and for selfishly neglecting her husband and children. Moral condemnation, with some slippage from character to author, was a common critical response. A positive review by Charles Deyo in the St Louis Post-Dispatch interpreted the novel as a …

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Scullion, Val. "The Awakening". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 November 2004
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  1. Literature of the American South