Kate Chopin and The Awakening

“Pirate gold isn’t a thing to be hoarded or utilized. It is something to squander and throw to the four winds, for the fun of seeing the golden specks fly.” These words say all we need to know about Edna Pontellier, the unhappy and repressed—some say selfish and foolhardy—protagonist of Kate Chopin’s book, The Awakening. […]

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The Beats: A Review and Perspective

The Beat Generation was a cluster of American post-World War II poets, essayists, novelists, and filmmakers who came to fame—or perhaps infamy—during 1950s. The Generation’s writers, often referred to as Beatniks, had a reputation for being hedonists, both conceptually and personally. They rejected social norms, participated in unabashed drug and sexual experimentation, held an interest in religion and spirituality, rejected materialism, and depicted both explicit portrayals of the human condition as well as the cultural sensations they both documented and inspired.

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