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Kate Chopin

Southern Literature

Kate Chopin (February 8, 1850—August 22, 1904) was known during her time as a local colorist and the author of a somewhat indecent novel but has emerged as a writer far ahead of her time in the South and in the United States. In her fiction she dealt directly with powerful psychological and sexual emotions. Although this was characteristic of the novel as practiced in France, it had not been done in the English language. Kate O’Flaherty Chopin was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Her father was killed in a railway accident when she was six, and for the next two years she lived at home with her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, all of them widows. She grew up surrounded by smart, independent, single women. In 1870, she married Oscar Chopin, a Louisiana businessman. The couple lived in New Orleans where Kate had five boys and two girls, all before she was twenty-eight. Oscar died in 1882 and Kate took over the running of his plantation and general store. She moved back to St. Louis in 1884 to live with her mother who died the following year, leaving Kate alone with her children again. To support herself and her young family, she began to write. By the time The Awakening was published in 1899, Chopin was a well-known writer, having published more than a hundred stories, essays and sketches in literary magazines. The novel caused an uproar and Chopin was so deeply hurt by the public’s reaction that she wrote very little during the remaining five years of her life. Chopin died from a cerebral hemorrhage after collapsing at the World’s Fair, two days earlier.

Books

The Awakening, Chapter 1

The Awakening, Chapter 2

The Awakening, Chapter 3

The Awakening, Chapter 4

The Awakening, Chapter 5

The Awakening, Chapter 6

The Awakening, Chapter 7

The Awakening, Chapter 8

The Awakening, Chapter 9

The Awakening, Chapter 10

The Awakening, Chapter 11

The Awakening, Chapter 12

The Awakening, Chapter 13

The Awakening, Chapter 14

The Awakening, Chapter 15

The Awakening, Chapter 16

The Awakening, Chapter 17

The Awakening, Chapter 18

The Awakening, Chapter 19

The Awakening, Chapter 20

The Awakening, Chapter 21

The Awakening, Chapter 22

The Awakening, Chapter 23

The Awakening, Chapter 24

The Awakening, Chapter 25

The Awakening, Chapter 26

The Awakening, Chapter 27

The Awakening, Chapter 28

The Awakening, Chapter 29

The Awakening, Chapter 30

The Awakening, Chapter 31

The Awakening, Chapter 32

The Awakening, Chapter 33

The Awakening, Chapter 34

The Awakening, Chapter 35

The Awakening, Chapter 36

The Awakening, Chapter 37

The Awakening, Chapter 38

The Awakening, Chapter 39