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Bayou Folk
Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1894. Very Good. First edition. 12mo. 312, [2]pp. Green cloth titled and decorated by Sarah Wyman Whitman in gilt. Very slight sunning to the spine and a few lightened areas on the front board, still an attractive very good or better copy of the author's first regularly published book (preceded by a rare pamphlet), a collection of short fiction which includes her best known story, Desiree's Baby. Chopin, of French and Irish extraction, wrote sensitive and inciteful stories after the manner of De Maupassant, and enjoyed some popularity until her beautifully written novel, The Awakening, about a mixed marriage and a married woman's love for a man not her husband. Despite the relative tameness of the subject now, the novel rendered her persona non grata in regular publishing circles, from which she never recovered. Her understanding of both the contemporary feminine mind, and her observations of her Louisiana Creole neighbors were unparelled for the time.
      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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