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This site is a companion to a new PBS program on the life and work of nineteenth-century Louisiana author Kate Chopin, reviled in her own time after the publication of The Awakening in 1899. Fifty years later, however, Chopin's place in American literature was restored, and her best-known work is now one of the five most-read American novels in colleges and universities. Visitors to the site will find a RealPlayer clip from the documentary, the transcript, excerpts from interviews made during the production, and a chronology of Chopin's life. Both fans and literature teachers will appreciate the main feature of the site, an electronic library containing the full text of The Awakening and twelve short stories. Additional resources at the site include related links, bibliographies, primary sources, and an extensive list of selected criticism. These latter resources, combined with the full-text writings, make this site an excellent adjunct to American or Women's literature courses.
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