Kate Chopin (1851-1904) was an American author. Her works include Bayou Folk (1894) and The Awakening (1899).
Life and Works
Chopin was born Kate O'Flaherty on February 8, 1850 in St. Louis, Missouri. She read very much as a young girl raised in St. Louis before marrying Oscar Chopin. She soon moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, and was a housewife before the death of her husband, when she began to write novels and short stories. In At Fault (1890), she describes a love triangle between a strong widow, a businessman, and his alcoholic wife; in Bayou Folk and A Night in Acadie (1897), she describes the local color of New Orleans; and in The Awakening, she describes a woman called Edna Pontellier who seeks fulfillment on an adventure, in a novel which scandalized certain people and ended Chopin's literary career. It is a classic that defies simple interpretation of Edna's actions and has astounded critics for centuries.
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- [www.katechopin.org Official Website]
- Archive of Stories