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Kate O'Flaherty Chopin

(1851-1904)

American Author
The Cotton Creole Community ...

This daughter of a wealthy Irish Catholic immigrant family of St. Louis, Missouri, lost her father, a pioneer of the Pacific Railroad, in a train accident, and her brother George, after he had been captured by Union forces during the Civil War.
In her young age, at the St. Louis Academy of the Sacred Heart, she was a passionate of literature, then became a "belle" of Saint Louis after her graduation in 1868, smoking cigarettes (something unusual for a woman in her time) and walking unaccompanied through the streets.


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 writing.

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 cerebral hemorrhage.

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.

A Night 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.

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American Authors:  Adams Cather Chopin Cooper Crane
 Faulkner Gilman Ginzberg Hawthorne Irving
 Lewis London Lovecraft Marquis Melville
 Morris Poe Scott Fitzgerald Stowe Thoreau
 Twain Veblen Water West Wharton

Other Authors of The Mississipi and The South genre:  Faulkner Stowe Twain

Other Authors of Feminists genre:
Cather Gilman West

The Awakening, her masterpiece, had been qualified
by critics as "pure pornography" ...

Kate O'Flaherty Chopin

Kate O'Flaherty Chopin

Kate O'Flaherty Chopin

Kate O'Flaherty Chopin

Kate O'Flaherty Chopin

Kate O'Flaherty Chopin

Kate O'Flaherty Chopin

Kate O'Flaherty Chopin

Kate O'Flaherty Chopin

Kate O'Flaherty Chopin