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Sign: New York - Library Walk - Quote from "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin

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9 E 41st St, New York, NY 10017, USA
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The bird that would soar above the level plain of tradition and prejudice must have strong wings.

-Kate Chopin (1851-1904). The Awakening

[Gregg LeFevre Signature]
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The Library Walk, is a venture launched in 1996 by the New York Public Library, Grand Central Partnership and New Yorker Magazine, in which are embedded in bronze plaques quotes from well-known books, or those dealing with books and literature. The panels designed by artist Gregg LeFevre were laid in 1998 from the New York Public Library building along 41st Street.

The plaque contains a quote from the story of the American author Kate Chopin, a book that caused a stir because it describes a woman who refuses to recognize the status of women in those days (19th century in the southern United States), as one who was only meant to have children.

A soaring bird appears on the plaque symbolizing liberation from tradition and prejudice.



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