Bayou Folk and A Night in Acadie : And a Night in Acadie

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-03-01
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics

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In the decade before the appearance of her landmark novel, The Awakening, Kate Chopin published Bayou Folk (1894) and A Night in Acadie (1897), collections of stories set in New Orleans and rural Louisiana. Celebrations of people in their communities, the forty-four stories here depict a diversity of characters: Creoles, Acadians, and "Americans," people of color and of mixed blood, Native Americans and immigrants, adults and children, the educated and the illiterate, the rich and the poor. Some stories focus on the restrictions women face as they seek self-fulfillment - a theme Chopin would develop fully in The Awakening - but many show people striving to establish better lives amid the devastation following the Civil War.
With a compassionate, knowing gaze, Chopin not only evokes the distant world of plantations and 'Cadian balls, but also anticipates the thoroughly modern, multi-ethnic, gender-sensitive, and sexually charged world that we know today.

Author Biography

Kate Chopin (1850–1904) was born in St. Louis. She moved to Louisiana where she wrote two novels and numerous stories. Because The Awakening was widely condemned, publication of Chopin’s third story collection was cancelled. The Awakening was rediscovered by scholars in the 1960s and 1970s and is her best-known work.

Table of Contents

Suggestions for Further Reading
A Note on the Text
A No-Account Creolep. 5
In and Out of Old Natchitochesp. 30
In Sabinep. 44
A Very Fine Fiddlep. 53
Beyond the Bayoup. 55
Old Aunt Peggyp. 61
The Return of Alcibiadep. 63
A Rude Awakeningp. 70
The Benitous' Slavep. 79
Desiree's Babyp. 81
A Turkey Huntp. 87
Madame Celestin's Divorcep. 90
Love on the Bon-Dieup. 94
Lokap. 106
Boulot and Boulottep. 113
For Marse Chouchoutep. 115
A Visit to Avoyellesp. 122
A Wizard from Gettysburgp. 126
Ma'ame Pelagiep. 134
At the 'Cadian Ballp. 142
La Belle Zoraidep. 152
A Gentleman of Bayou Techep. 158
A Lady of Bayou St. Johnp. 165
A Night in Acadiep. 175
Athenaisep. 192
After the Winterp. 224
Polydorep. 233
Regretp. 241
A Matter of Prejudicep. 245
Calinep. 252
A Dresden Lady in Dixiep. 255
Neg Creolp. 263
The Liliesp. 270
Azeliep. 276
Mamouchep. 285
A Sentimental Soulp. 293
Dead Men's Shoesp. 304
At Cheniere Caminadap. 312
Odalie Misses Massp. 323
Cavanellep. 329
Tante Cat'rinettep. 335
A Respectable Womanp. 344
Ripe Figsp. 348
Ozeme's Holidayp. 349
Explanatory Notesp. 357
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