Kate Chopin





Kate Chopin


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

Died
August 22, 1904

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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

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The Awakening

3.61 avg rating — 118,564 ratings — published 1899 — 355 editions
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The Storm

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Complete Novels and Stories

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“She wanted something to happen - something, anything: she did not know what.”
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Polls

January 2015 Old School Classics Poll

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

1851, Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell, 257 pages
 
  14 votes, 23.0%

1842, Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol, 464 pages
 
  11 votes, 18.0%

1899, The Awakening by Kate Chopin, 195 pages
 
  7 votes, 11.5%

 
  4 votes, 6.6%

1868, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, 449 pages
 
  4 votes, 6.6%

 
  4 votes, 6.6%

 
  4 votes, 6.6%

 
  3 votes, 4.9%

1894, The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling, 368 pages
 
  3 votes, 4.9%

1895, Effi Briest by Theodor Fontane, 272 pages
 
  2 votes, 3.3%

1830, The Red and the Black by Stendhal, 607 pages
 
  2 votes, 3.3%

1847, Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë, 251 pages
 
  2 votes, 3.3%

1869, The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain, 560 pages
 
  1 vote, 1.6%

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