The “I Hate Edna Club”
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The Awakening had barely been published, in April 1899, when the first stirrings of Ednaphobia—the morbid fear and hatred of Edna Pontellier—began. The very first review, essentially a plot summary in Kate Chopin’s hometown St. Louis Republic, called The Awakening “the story of a lady most foolish” and concluded that “the woman who did not want anything but her own way drowned herself” (Toth 220).
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