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

Average rating: 3.72 · 219,096 ratings · 9,999 reviews · 318 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Awakening

3.65 avg rating — 168,820 ratings — published 1899 — 1947 editions
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The Story of an Hour

4.09 avg rating — 18,182 ratings — published 1894 — 27 editions
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The Awakening and Selected ...

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3.87 avg rating — 17,540 ratings — published 1899 — 3 editions
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Desiree's Baby

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4.05 avg rating — 3,216 ratings — published 1893 — 11 editions
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The Storm

3.66 avg rating — 1,289 ratings — published 1969 — 8 editions
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A Pair of Silk Stockings

3.63 avg rating — 1,399 ratings — published 1897 — 17 editions
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A Pair of Silk Stockings an...

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Complete Novels and Stories

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4.27 avg rating — 642 ratings — published 1899 — 24 editions
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At the 'Cadian Ball

3.52 avg rating — 383 ratings — published 1892
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A Respectable Woman

3.37 avg rating — 312 ratings — published 1894 — 3 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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Polls

July 2015 Old School Classics Poll

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

1868, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, 449 pages
 
  21 votes, 47.7%

1899, The Awakening by Kate Chopin, 195 pages
 
  9 votes, 20.5%

 
  4 votes, 9.1%

1833, Eugénie Grandet by Honoré de Balzac, 200 pages
 
  4 votes, 9.1%

1678, The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan, 324 pages
 
  3 votes, 6.8%

 
  1 vote, 2.3%

1797, The Italian by Ann Radcliffe, 423 pages
 
  1 vote, 2.3%

1849, Shirley by Charlotte Brontë, 624 pages
 
  1 vote, 2.3%

1839, The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal, 532 pages
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

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