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

3.64 avg rating — 148,781 ratings — published 1899 — 532 editions
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The Story of an Hour

4.09 avg rating — 15,919 ratings — published 1894 — 20 editions
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The Awakening and Selected ...

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3.88 avg rating — 11,794 ratings — published 1899 — 65 editions
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Desiree's Baby

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4.05 avg rating — 2,363 ratings — published 1893 — 9 editions
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The Storm

3.68 avg rating — 998 ratings — published 1969 — 8 editions
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The Awakening, and Selected...

3.69 avg rating — 1,987 ratings — published 1899 — 167 editions
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A Pair of Silk Stockings

3.63 avg rating — 973 ratings — published 2002 — 14 editions
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A Pair of Silk Stockings an...

3.93 avg rating — 691 ratings — published 1897 — 8 editions
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Complete Novels and Stories

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4.27 avg rating — 585 ratings — published 1899 — 19 editions
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“The voice of the sea speaks to the soul.”
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March 2015 Old School Classics Poll

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

 
  14 votes, 28.0%

1868, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, 449 pages
 
  11 votes, 22.0%

 
  4 votes, 8.0%

1899, The Awakening by Kate Chopin, 195 pages
 
  4 votes, 8.0%

 
  4 votes, 8.0%

1839, The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal, 532 pages
 
  3 votes, 6.0%

1853, Bleak House by Charles Dickens, 1017 pages
 
  3 votes, 6.0%

1846, The Professor by Charlotte Brontë, 269 pages
 
  2 votes, 4.0%

1603, Hamlet by William Shakespeare, 289 pages
 
  2 votes, 4.0%

 
  1 vote, 2.0%

 
  1 vote, 2.0%

1867, Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola, 201 pages
 
  1 vote, 2.0%

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