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Chopin

Complete Novels and Stories - At Fault; Bayou Folk; a Night in Acadic; the Awakening; Uncollected Stories

Chopin( )
Author: Chopin, Kate
Editor: Gilbert, Sandra
ISBN:978-1-931082-21-1
Publication Date:Sep 2002
Publisher:Library of America, The
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $40.00
Book Description:

From ruined Louisiana plantations to bustling, cosmopolitan New Orleans, Kate Chopin wrote with unflinching honesty about propriety and its strictures, the illusions of love and the realities of marriage, and the persistence of a past scarred by slavery and war. Her stories of fiercely independent women challenged contemporary mores as much by their sensuousness as their politics, and today seem decades ahead of their time. Now, The Library of America collects all of Chopin's novels...
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Book Details
Pages:1075
Detailed Subjects: Literary Collections / General
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5.3 x 8.2 x 1.3 Inches
Book Weight:1.5 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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