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 — 154,575 ratings — published 1899 — 559 editions
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The Story of an Hour

4.09 avg rating — 16,514 ratings — published 1894 — 20 editions
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The Awakening and Selected ...

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3.89 avg rating — 12,256 ratings — published 1899 — 67 editions
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Desiree's Baby

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4.05 avg rating — 2,608 ratings — published 1893 — 9 editions
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The Storm

3.69 avg rating — 1,069 ratings — published 1969 — 8 editions
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The Awakening, and Selected...

3.71 avg rating — 2,069 ratings — published 1899 — 168 editions
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A Pair of Silk Stockings

3.62 avg rating — 1,095 ratings — published 2002 — 14 editions
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3.95 avg rating — 708 ratings — published 1897 — 8 editions
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Complete Novels and Stories

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4.27 avg rating — 604 ratings — published 1899 — 10 editions
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More books by Kate Chopin…
“The voice of the sea speaks to the soul.”
Kate Chopin, The Awakening

“She wanted something to happen - something, anything: she did not know what.”
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“Perhaps it is better to wake up after all, even to suffer, rather than to remain a dupe to illusions all one's life.”
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December 2014 Old School Classic Poll

Which book would you like to read for our December 2014 Old School Classic Group Read?

 
  41 votes, 25.9%

1856, Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, 329 pages
 
  34 votes, 21.5%

1899, The Awakening by Kate Chopin, 195 pages
 
  21 votes, 13.3%

1842, Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol, 464 pages
 
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