Kate Chopin's private papers / edited by Emily Toth and Per Seyersted ; associate editor, Cheyenne Bonnell.

By: Chopin, Kate, 1850-1904Contributor(s): Toth, Emily | Seyersted, Per, 1921- | Bonnell, CheyenneMaterial type: TextTextPublisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c1998Description: xxiii, 333 p. : ill. ; 24 cmISBN: 0253331129 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780253331120 (cloth : alk. paper); 0253210178 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780253210173 (pbk. : alk. paper)Uniform titles: Archives Subject(s): Chopin, Kate, 1850-1904 -- Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc | Authors, American -- 19th century -- Correspondence | Authors, American -- 19th century -- Diaries | Chopin, Kate, 1850-1904 -- Criticism, Textual | Chopin, Kate, 1850-1904 -- Correspondence | Chopin, Kate, 1850-1904 -- Diaries | Women -- Louisiana -- Correspondence | Women -- Louisiana -- DiariesAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Kate Chopin's private papers.DDC classification: 812/.5099287 | 813/.4 | B LOC classification: PS1294.C63 | A6 1998Other classification: 18.06 Also issued online.
Contents:
General Introduction / Emily Toth -- 1850-1870: Kate O'Flaherty -- Leaves of Affection -- Commonplace Book -- 1871-1884: Kate O'Flaherty Chopin -- 1885-1904: Kate Chopin -- Manuscript Account Books -- "Impressions": Kate Chopin's 1894 Diary -- The "Lilia" Polka -- Letters and Inscriptions -- Newspaper Pieces -- Translations -- Rediscovered Short Stories -- Rankin-Marhefka Fragments: Portions of Short Stories -- Poems -- Statements on The Awakening -- Reminiscences about Kitty Garesche -- Last Will and Testament of Kate Chopin -- App. Complete Works of Kate Chopin.
Review: "Kate Chopin, according to her contemporaries, was a "woman of mysterious fascination" - and Kate Chopin's Private Papers reveals many of the author's secrets. Chopin (1850-1904), author of about a hundred short stories and two novels (The Awakening and At Fault), also kept diaries, wrote letters and poems, translated short stories and articles from the French, and worried about her career. Chopin's newly discovered manuscripts, published for the first time here, reflect her dedication to revision and improving her craft; her manuscript account books show her meticulous control of her career and her pursuit of audiences. These papers illuminate the growth of Chopin as a writer, bring into focus the reactions of critics to her work, and settle a number of controversies in Chopin studies."--BOOK JACKET.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [325]) and index.

Also issued online.

General Introduction / Emily Toth -- 1850-1870: Kate O'Flaherty -- Leaves of Affection -- Commonplace Book -- 1871-1884: Kate O'Flaherty Chopin -- 1885-1904: Kate Chopin -- Manuscript Account Books -- "Impressions": Kate Chopin's 1894 Diary -- The "Lilia" Polka -- Letters and Inscriptions -- Newspaper Pieces -- Translations -- Rediscovered Short Stories -- Rankin-Marhefka Fragments: Portions of Short Stories -- Poems -- Statements on The Awakening -- Reminiscences about Kitty Garesche -- Last Will and Testament of Kate Chopin -- App. Complete Works of Kate Chopin.

"Kate Chopin, according to her contemporaries, was a "woman of mysterious fascination" - and Kate Chopin's Private Papers reveals many of the author's secrets. Chopin (1850-1904), author of about a hundred short stories and two novels (The Awakening and At Fault), also kept diaries, wrote letters and poems, translated short stories and articles from the French, and worried about her career. Chopin's newly discovered manuscripts, published for the first time here, reflect her dedication to revision and improving her craft; her manuscript account books show her meticulous control of her career and her pursuit of audiences. These papers illuminate the growth of Chopin as a writer, bring into focus the reactions of critics to her work, and settle a number of controversies in Chopin studies."--BOOK JACKET.

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Library Journal Review

Toth and Seyersted, both biographers of Chopin, have categorized this wealth of mostly unpublished material according to Chopin's three identities: the unmarried Kate O'Flaherty (1850-70), the wife and mother (1871‘84), and the widow and professional writer (1885-1904). However, disappointment awaits anyone looking to these varied papers‘including notebooks, diaries, poems, and illustrations‘for a clear psychological picture of the spirit behind the masterpiece The Awakening (1899). A private person with a strong sense of Victorian propriety, Chopin reveals little of her inner life; even her 1894 diary is guarded and unenlightening. Only her manuscript account books‘with word counts, publication place and date, and payment‘indicate how seriously she took her profession as a writer. The insights Toth provides into Chopin's life surely did not come from these morsels. Recommended for large academic libraries only.‘Charles C. Nash, Cottey Coll., Nevada, MO (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

Most archival resources for the study of Kate Chopin are at the Missouri Historical Society in St. Louis. Across the country are several small but significant deposits of her work. Toth and Seyersted's well-organized, carefully edited volume makes available all manuscripts and related items from all archival collections. Of particular significance is Chopin's commonplace book, which she wrote in her early adulthood. Her 1894 diary, account books, letters, translations not previously collected, fragments of fiction, poems, and other writings combine to make this a most valuable resource. Toth's fine general and section introductions and chronology have a firm base in her biography Kate Chopin (CH, Apr'91). This volume is a distinct advance on The Kate Chopin Miscellany, also the work of these editors (1979). Together, Private Papers, the Miscellany, Seyersted's edition The Complete Works of Kate Chopin (1969), and Thomas Bonner's The Kate Chopin Companion: With Chopin's Translations from French Fiction (CH, May'89) provide all the published and unpublished works by Kate Chopin and key documents about her. This volume is essential for American literature collections. T. Bonner Jr.; Xavier University of Louisiana

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Emily Toth, Professor of English at Louisiana State University, is the author of _Kate Chopin: A Life_; editor of Chopin's _A Vocation and a

Voice_:and creator of _Ms. Mentor's Impeccable Advice for Women in Academia._

Per Seyersted, Professor Emeritus at the University of Oslo, is the author of _Kate Chopin: a Critical Biography_ and editor of _The Complete Works of Kate Chopin_.

Cheyenne Bonnell, who has taught at universities in Pennsylvania and Wyoming, writes on Victorian Literature.

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