After she married Oscar Chopin, a a cotton Creole factor,
in 1870, she settled in New Orleans and progressively she
became acquainted with that Creole community that she
depicted in her writings.
In 1883, Oscar died
of swamp fever, and in 1885, after she had moved with her
mother to St Louis, Kate lost her too. She was a widow with
six children when her family physician suggested her to
express her sorrows and disappointments in
This was the start of a fifteen years
literary career, publishing two novels and over one hundred
short stories, ending with Kate's death in 1904, of a
At Fault (1890), Kate's
first published novel, was criticized severely for its
female alcoholism and divorce themes.
Desiree's Baby, a short story published by
Vogue magazine, is considered as her most famous and was
later included in Bayou Folk, a collection of twenty-three
stories and sketches published in 1894.
in Acadie, published in 1897 shows her growing interest in
passion, sexuality and marriage.
While she was
translating some works of Guy de
Maupassant, she wrote her masterpiece: The
Awakening, published in 1899.