Kate Chopin

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Kate Chopin (1851-1904) was an American author. Her works include Bayou Folk (1894) and The Awakening (1899).[1]

Life and Works

Chopin was born Kate O'Flaherty on February 8, 1850 in St. Louis, Missouri.[2] She read very much as a young girl raised in St. Louis before marrying Oscar Chopin.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5] It is a classic that defies simple interpretation of Edna's actions and has astounded critics for centuries.[6]


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