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Bayou folk ; and, A night in Acadie / Kate Chopin ; edited with an introduction and notes by Bernard Koloski.

Author/Creator:
Chopin, Kate, 1851-1904.
Standardized Title:
Bayou folk
Publication:
New York : Penguin Books, 1999.
Series:
Penguin classics
Format/Description:
Book
xxviii, 369 p. ; 20 cm.
Subjects:
Bayous -- Louisiana -- Fiction.
Women -- Louisiana -- Fiction.
Louisiana -- Fiction.
Louisiana -- Social life and customs -- Fiction.
United States -- Social life and customs -- 19th century -- Fiction.
Dialect literature, American.
Summary:
In the decade prior to the publication of her landmark novel, The Awakening (1899), Kate Chopin wrote about ninety short stories. She gathered twenty-three of them in a collection entitled Bayou Folk in 1894, and followed that three years later with a collection of twenty-one more in A Night in Acadie. Together, these nuanced portraits of nineteenth-century inhabitants of New Orleans and Natchitoches Parish exquisitely from a sort of Southern novel of manners. Chopin was deeply influenced by the work of French and American realists. Many of the stories in Bayou Folk concern young people seeking good marriage partners and better lives for themselves. Expanding this theme into a search for balance and harmony, personal fulfillment, and cultural richness, A Night in Acadie is, Bernard Koloski notes in his Introduction, "one of America's best nineteenth-century collections of short stories -- and one of the most compassionate views of life in American realistic fiction". With a gentle, knowing gaze, Chopin evoked the distant world of Louisiana plantations and 'Cadian balls, and anticipated the thoroughly modern multi-ethnic, gender-sensitive, and sexually charged world of our century.
Contents:
Bayou folk. A no-account Creole
In and out of old Natchitoches
In Sabine
A very fine fiddle
Beyond the bayou
Old Aunt Peggy
The return of Alcibiade
A rude awakening
Bênitous' slave
Désirée's baby
A turkey hunt
Madame Célestin's divorce
Love on the Bon-Dieu
Loka
Boulôt and Boulotte
For Marse Chouchoute
A visit to Avoyelles
A wizard from Gettysburg
Ma'ame Pélagie
At the 'Cadian Ball
La belle Zoraïde
A gentleman of Bayou Têche
A lady of Bayou St. John
A night in Acadie. A night in Acadie
Athénaïse
After the winter
Polydore
Regret
A matter of prejudice
Caline
A Dresden lady in Dixie
Nég Créol
The lilies
Azélie
Mamouche
A sentimental soul
Dead men's shoes
At Chênière Caminada
Odalie misses mass
Cavanelle
Tante Cat'rinette
Respectable woman
Ripe figs
Ozème's holiday.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (p. xxv-xxviii).
Contributor:
Koloski, Bernard, 1937-
Contains:
Chopin, Kate, 1851-1904. Night in Acadie.
Night in Acadie.
ISBN:
0140436812
9780140436815
OCLC:
39606260
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