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Katherine O'Flaherty, February 8, 1850, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
August 22, 1904, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Novelist, short story writer
February 8, 1851 – August 22, 1904
Kate Chopin was an American novelist and short-story writer known as an interpreter of New Orleans culture.
Her major works were two short story collections and two novels. The collections are Bayou Folk (1894) and A Night in Acadie (1897). Her important short stories included "Désirée's Baby" (1893), a tale of miscegenation in antebellum Louisiana, "The Story of an Hour" (1894), and "The Storm" (1898). Novels: At Fault (1890) and The Awakening (1899).
In her works we find a great variety of themes, some of which were taboo in her time. Themes such as alcohol, divorce, miscegenation and even female sexuality. But a constant theme throughout her whole oeuvre is emancipation. First as a spiritual emancipation and later also in the field of the senses.
Kate Chopin has been credited by some as a pioneer of the early feminist movement even though she did not achieve any literary rewards for her works.
“The artist must possess the courageous soul that dares and defies.”
“The bird that would soar above the level plain of tradition and prejudice must have strong wings.”
“The voice of the sea speaks to the soul.”
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