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Shakespeare’s Sister

Elaine Showalter, 25 April 1991

Kate Chopin: A Life of the Author of ‘The Awakening’ 
by Emily Toth.
Century, 528 pp., £20, March 1991, 0 7126 4621 3
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... the great American women’s novel of the 19th century. Probably the most significant aspect of Emily Toth’s exhaustive new biography of Chopin is that it debunks this legend. As she documents in an appendix on ‘The Alleged Banning of The Awakening’, contemporary criticism of the novel, although it was prudish and severe, did not crush Chopin’s ...

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