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  • Kate Chopin

    Katherine O'Flaherty, far better known as Kate Chopin, is widely considered to be one of our greatest novelists excelling especially with her many short stories. Born in Louisiana her Creole, Cajun, Irish and French background would help to provide a rich source of ideas for her literary works. Regarded as one of the foremost exponents of feminist writers her stories not only give women a voice but views society from their viewpoint usually with an unexpected twist. This collection of stories are The Kiss, A Pair Of Silk Stockings, The Story Of An Hour, A Respectable Woman, The Storm, The Lillies & Ma'ame Pelagie and are read for you by Richard Mitchley, Eve Karpf and Ghizela...read more

  • Jack London

    Represented here are 16 short stories by seven great American writers, dating from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Different in atmosphere and writing style, they nevertheless caught the mood and concerns of the day in a way that was distinctly American. Kate Chopin's 'Regret' is a reflective moment in the life of a woman without children, forced to look after children; Bierce's 'An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge' leaves echoes in the imagination; the stories by Crane and London recall the themes of the Civil War and the Klondike for which they are well known. Twain's humor is to the fore in 'The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County' and O. Henry's sharp observation makes his...read more

  • Kate Chopin

    'When you read (or listen to) a short story, you come out a little more aware and a little more in love with the world around you.' ~ George Saunders Here you will find 50 of the greatest public-domain short stories ever written, as curated by the staff of The Bookquarium, all performed by Frank Marcopolos. ('Thee perfect voice for audiobooks--it is so listenable!' said one reviewer.) Some of the greatest writers in history are included in this collection--Ernest Hemingway, Ayn Rand, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jack London, William Faulkner, Kate Chopin, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Stephen Crane, H.P. Lovecraft, Willa Cather, and Edgar Allan Poe among them. Frank...read more

  • Kate Chopin

    Edna Pontellier has everything that a woman and mother should want – two wonderful sons, a husband, and good financial fortune. But still, she feels like something may be missing. While vacationing with her family, she meets a young man who shows affection and opens her mind to adventure and freedom. Edna’s desire for freedom and independence begins to fester in her heart, and she finds that she is increasingly disenchanted with the responsibilities of motherhood. She begins to shirk responsibilities and live as she wants, rather than how society expects. Her journey towards independence is difficult and met with much opposition from all sides in her life, and she is torn between two...read more

  • Kate Chopin

    Kate Chopin is a widely considered a forerunner to thefeminist authors of the twentieth century. Focusing on themes of race andgender, her short stories largely center on life in rural Louisiana. In "A Pairof Silk Stockings," a young woman unexpected finds herself with fifteen dollars.Inspired by her newfound wealth, she ignores her natural impulses and indulgesin a day of luxurious abandon. A wistful rumination on loss and the illusion ofcontrol, "A Pair of Silk Stockings" is Chopin at her absolute best. Proceeds from sale of this title go to Reach Out and Read, an innovative literacy advocacy...read more

  • Kate Chopin

    "The Storm" is Kate Chopin's most sexually charged story, and as such is quite exceptional for a work which was written in 1898. It describes a chance sexual encounter between Calixta and her former flame Alcée during a heavy storm in Louisiana when her husband Bobinôt and her son Bibi are absent. Chopin's description of the events of that day is refreshingly modern and free of the stifling morals of the day. The sexual liaison she presents as something inevitable, healthy, and as strong and natural as the storm that is raging...read more

  • Kate Chopin

    Owing to its highly personal content focused on feminine sexuality, this LibriVox edition was recorded by eight female readers. The Modern Library edition of The Awakening has an introduction by Kay Gibbons, who writes: "The Awakening shocked turn-of-the-century readers with its forthright treatment of sex and suicide. Departing from literary convention, Kate Chopin failed to condemn her heroine's desire for an affair with the son of a Louisiana resort owner, whom she meets on vacation. The power of sensuality, the delusion of ecstatic love, and the solitude that accompanies the trappings of middle- and upper-class life are the themes of this now-classic novel." - As Kay Gibbons points...read more

  • Kate Chopin

    Kate Chopin's riveting, daring story of one woman's search for personal freedom was so far ahead of its time that its publication aroused a storm of controversy violent enough to end its author's career. With an effortless, sure-handed artistry, Chopin tells the story of Edna Pontellier, a young mother and model wife, whose romantic involvement with a young man during a vacation at a seaside resort allows her for the first time to imagine a new, freer life. Upon her return to New Orleans, Edna leaves her husband's home for her own cottage and begins an affair, only to discover that the constraints of social custom may be more powerful than she thought. Contemporary readers and...read more

  • Kate Chopin

    Listen to Awakening with a movie-style soundtrack and amplify your audiobook experience. Kate Chopin's 1899 novella The Awakening is about the personal, sexual, and artistic awakening of a young wife and mother, Edna Pontellier. While on vacation at Grand Isle, an island in the Gulf of Mexico, Edna befriends the talented pianist Mlle. Reisz and the sympathetic Robert Lebrun, both of whom will influence her startling life choices. Chopin's novel created a scandal upon its original publication and effectively destroyed her writing career. Now, however, it is considered one of the finest American novels of the 19th...read more

  • F. Scott Fitzgerald

    Ten superbly narrated stories that help explain America by America's best writers. Irving's incredible and amusing tale of the archetypal 'Rip Van Winkle' relates the story of a man who slept through history. Stephen Crane's 'The Red Badge of Courage' tells of a young soldier who must struggle with his conscience no matter what the consequences. 'The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County' is Mark Twain's hilarious story of a contest to end all contests in the rowdy days of the Forty-Niners. Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Man of the Crowd' tells of one man's strange fascination with another. 'The Ransom of Red Chief' is another of O. Henry's tales of a kidnapping that goes horribly, horribly,...read more

  • Edith Wharton

    A thoroughly engaging collection of great classic tales by the very best of American authors. 1. From Beyond by H. P. Lovecraft 2. The Mysterious Card and the Card Unveiled by Cleveland Moffett 3. Pigs is Pigs by Ellis Parker Butler 4. The Club of One-Eyed Men by Arthur Somers Roche 5. Afterward by Edith Wharton 6. The Furnished Room by O. Henry 7. A Descent into the Maelström by Edgar Allan Poe 8. Regret by Kate Chopin 9. The Terrible Old Man by H. P. Lovecraft 10. The Dumb Man by Sherwood Anderson 11. A Desperate Adventure by Max Adeler 12. A Bottomless Grave by Ambrose Bierce 13. Cannibalism in the Cars by Mark Twain 14. Mr. Higginbotham’s Catastrophe by Nathaniel...read more

  • Kate Chopin

    Edna Pontellier is married, twenty-eight, and at a crossroads in her life. She is passionate and artistic but has no one who understands her deep yearnings. She jumps at the chance to spend a summer away from her husband and the heat of New Orleans at a small coastal retreat. Enveloped by a small circle of friends, she begins to throw off the strictures of the 1890s bourgeoisie. Stepwise, Edna renounces her obligations, takes a lover, and is propelled on a course that frees, consumes, and eventually destroys her. In what was to be her last novel, Kate Chopin shocked the audiences of her day by depicting a woman being fulfilled by throwing off the ties of marriage and...read more

  • Kate Chopin

    Kate Chopin is a widely considered the forerunner to thefeminist authors of the twentieth century. Focusing on themes of race andgender, her short stories largely center on life in rural Louisiana. In "TheStory of an Hour," Louise Mallard has just learned that her husband isdead-believed to have died during a train accident. Her family fears that thenews will kill Louise, who suffers from a weak heart. Proceeds from sale of this title go to Reach Out and Read, an innovative literacy advocacy...read more

  • Kate Chopin

    Kate Chopin (1850 - 1904) was a U.S. author of French and Irish descent famous for her short stories and novels set in Louisiana. "A Pair of Silk Stockings" is the tale of a frazzled housewife and mother, Mrs. Sommers, who has come into a small fortune of $15. She plans selflessly to spend it on clothes and shoes for her children, but when she sets out on her shopping trip she is seduced by a pair of beautiful soft silk stockings and embarks on an intoxicating spending spree for her own personal...read more

  • Kate Chopin

    In "A Pair of Silk Stockings", Mrs. Sommers, a once wealthy woman who has fallen on hard times comes into possession of a small fortune of $15. Planning to spend the money on clothing for her children, she becomes sidetracked at a shop counter, entranced by the smoothness of a pair of silk stockings. She goes on to spend the money on the stockings as well as new boots and gloves for herself. In succumbing to "mechanical impulses that direct her action", Mrs. Sommers resembles Edna Pontellier, the heroine of Kate Chopin's later masterpiece The Awakening. First published in Vogue in...read more

  • Kate Chopin

    Kate Chopin's "A Reflection" is a reflection on the fortunes of life. It is a meditation on how some people succeed by harnessing their energy effectively while others get left...read more

  • Kate Chopin

    The Awakening Audiobook, originally titled A Solitary Soul, is a novel by Kate Chopin, first published in 1899. Set in New Orleans and the Southern Louisiana coast at the end of the nineteenth century, the plot centers on Edna Pontellier and her struggle to reconcile her increasingly unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood with the prevailing social attitudes of the turn-of-the-century American South. It is one of the earliest American novels that focuses on women's issues without condescension. It is also widely seen as a landmark work of early feminism, generating mixed reaction from contemporary readers and criticism. The novel's blend of realistic narrative, incisive social...read more

  • Kate Chopin

    'The Awakening' is an 1899 novel by Kate Chopin set in New Orleans and the Gulf coast at the end of the 19th century. It is widely seen as a seminal work of early feminism which put the spotlight on women's issues. The story is about Edna Pontellier, the wife of a New Orleans businessman, who falls in love with Robert Lebrun, a man she meets at a resort on the Gulf of Mexico. When the family returns to New Orleans, Edna isolates herself from society and withdraws from some of the duties customarily associated with motherhood. Edna has two friends that give her opposite advice: her close friend Adèle Ratignolle and the pianist Mademoiselle Reisz who lives a life of independence. Ultimately...read more

  • Kate Chopin

    American author Kate Chopin's "The Kiss" was written on September 19, 1894, and first published in Vogue on January 17, 1895. It is a short story about a woman scheming to marry a wealthy...read more

  • Kate Chopin

    American author Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour" was written in April of 1894 and originally published in Vogue in December of that year. The title refers to the time elapsed between the moments at which the protagonist, Louise Mallard, hears that her husband is dead, then discovers that he is alive after all. The short story is a mainstay of feminist literary...read more