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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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
3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 103,305 ratings — published 1899 — 297 editions
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The Storm
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Complete Novels and Stories
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 411 ratings — published 1899 — 8 editions
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At the 'Cadian Ball
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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

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