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The Awakening has enjoyed a strange success

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The Awakening  has enjoyed a strange success: At the time of its publication, critics condemned the  novel for its heroine's unrepentant drive for independence and emotional, sexual, and spiritual  awakening. Although contrary to legend it was never a banned book, the novel fell into obscurity for  70 years. Read in the radical context of the 1960s,  The Awakening  was received enthusiastically as a  valid work; the scandal that destroyed its chance of success at the time of its publication seemed  absurd. A scandal usually secures a book's success, particularly when a book is accused not only of  describing immorality but also of promoting it — typically in such a situation, everyone wants to find  out what they're not supposed to hear or know. This phenomenon did not occur with  The Awakening
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