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A Vocation and a Voice

Stories

A Vocation and a Voice( )
Author: Chopin, Kate
Introduction by: Toth, Emily
Notes by: Toth, Emily
ISBN:978-0-14-039078-0
Publication Date:Jan 1991
Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group
Imprint:Penguin Classics
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $14.00
Book Description:

Published for the first time as Chopin intended, this is a collection of her most innovative stories, including "The Story of an Hour," "An Egyptian Cigarette," and "The Kiss." For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to...
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Book Details
Pages:240
Detailed Subjects: Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Southern
Fiction / Short Stories (Single Author)
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5.1 x 7.72 x 0.51 Inches
Book Weight:0.425 Pounds
Author Biography
Chopin, Kate (Author)
Kate Chopin was born Katherine O'Flaherty in St. Louis, Missouri, on February 8, 1851. Although she was brought up in a wealthy and socially elite Catholic family, Chopin's childhood was marred by tragedies. Her father was killed in a train accident when Chopin was just four years old, and in the following years she also lost her older brother, great-grandmother, and half-brother.

In 1870, at the age of 19, she married Oscar Chopin, the son of a wealthy cotton-growing family in Louisiana. The couple had seven children together, five boys and two girls, before Oscar died of swamp fever in 1883. The following year, Chopin packed up her family and moved back to St. Louis to be with her mother, who died just a year later.

To support herself and her family, Chopin started to write. Her first novel, At Fault, was published in 1890. Her most famous work, The Awakening, inspired by a real-life New Orleans woman who committed adultery, was published in 1899. The book explores the social and psychological consequences of a woman caught in an unhappy marriage in 19th century America, is now considered a classic of the feminist movement and caused such an uproar in the community that Chopin almost entirely gave up writing. Chopin did try her hand at a few short stories, most of which were not even published.

Chopin died on August 22, 1904, of a brain hemorrhage, after collapsing at the World's Fair just two days before.

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