Kate Chopin





Kate Chopin

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born
in St. Louis, Missouri, The United States
February 08, 1850

died
August 22, 1904

gender
female

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About this author

Kate Chopin was an American novelist and short-story writer best known for her startling 1899 novel, The Awakening. Born in St. Louis, she moved to New Orleans after marrying Oscar Chopin in 1870. Less than a decade later Oscar's cotton business fell on hard times and they moved to his family's plantation in the Natchitoches Parish of northwestern Louisiana. Oscar died in 1882 and Kate was suddenly a young widow with six children. She turned to writing and published her first poem in 1889. The Awakening, considered Chopin's masterpiece, was subject to harsh criticism at the time for its frank approach to sexual themes. It was rediscovered in the 1960s and has since become a standard of American literature, appreciated for its sophistication ...more


Average rating: 3.67 · 133,981 ratings · 5,569 reviews · 93 distinct works · Similar authors
The Awakening
3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 107,159 ratings — published 1899 — 301 editions
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The Story of an Hour and Ot...
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Desiree's Baby
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A Pair of Silk Stockings an...
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The Storm
3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 569 ratings — published 1969 — 7 editions
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Complete Novels and Stories
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 436 ratings — published 1899 — 14 editions
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The Story of an Hour
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At the 'Cadian Ball
3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 271 ratings — published 2008
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More books by Kate Chopin…
“She wanted something to happen - something, anything: she did not know what.”
Kate Chopin

“The voice of the sea speaks to the soul.”
Kate Chopin, The Awakening

“Perhaps it is better to wake up after all, even to suffer, rather than to remain a dupe to illusions all one's life.”
Kate Chopin, The Awakening, and Selected Stories

Polls

February 2015 Old School Classics Poll

Which book would you like to read for our February 2015 Old School Classics group read?

1887, The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde, 126 pages
 
  10 votes, 19.2%

1899, The Awakening by Kate Chopin, 195 pages
 
  9 votes, 17.3%

1818, Persuasion by Jane Austen, 249 pages
 
  6 votes, 11.5%

 
  5 votes, 9.6%

 
  5 votes, 9.6%

1853, Bleak House by Charles Dickens, 1017 pages
 
  4 votes, 7.7%

 
  4 votes, 7.7%

1871, Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, 108 pages
 
  3 votes, 5.8%

 
  2 votes, 3.8%

 
  2 votes, 3.8%

 
  1 vote, 1.9%

1877, Black Beauty by Anna Sewell, 245 pages
 
  1 vote, 1.9%

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