Kate Choppin was born on February 8, 1850 in St. Louis, Missouri. She grew up and knew how to speak French and English because her mother's side was French. In 1855 she experienced a big traumatic event- her father was killed in a railroad accident, then her great grandmother died in 1863, and her half brother died as well due to typhoid fever. She had married a man name Oscar who died and left her with six children to raise. She moved back to St. Louis and her obstetrician encouraged her to write. Then she published her first book privately and just continued to write from then on.
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Chopin is an American writer who has written two novels and 100 short stories. Most of the works are focused on independent, sensitive, smart women.
Harper’s Young People
Bayou Folk (1894)
A Night in Acadie (1897)
Her novel, At Fault (1890), was not noticed by the public as much as her other novel, The Awakening (1899). This novel was criticized and was called vulgar and not acceptable. Her childhood was surrounded by trauma. Her father got killed in a railroad accident, her great-grandmother had died, her half-brother was captured by the Union and died of typhoid fever. Married at age 19 to Oscar Chopin.
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Kate Chopin is considered as one of the 20th century's first feminist authors. The death of her husband and mother is said to be changing course of her life that led her away from the life of a typical housewife of her time. Due to severe depression from her loss, she was advised to write as a source of therapeutic healing- and a way to become financially stable. Her writing was often criticized for being too advanced for its time in the century. She incorporated women's rights and slavery with strong characters that contrasted the general normalities set by society.
1. Third child out of five
2. Was the only child to live past 25
3. At 5 and a half she was sent to The Sacred Heart Academy, a Catholic boarding school in St. Louis
4. She was top of her class at the school
5. She won medals, was elected into the elite Children of Mary Society, and delivered the commencement address.
6. Grew up during the Civil War
7. Married at 20 to Oscar Chopin
8. Her immediate family and other friends all died.
9. 1902 Publishes her last story, "Polly."
10. 1904 Dies from a cerebral hemorrhage on August 22, after collapsing at the World's Fair, two days before.
In 1904 Kate Chopin bought a season ticket for the famous St. Louis World’s Fair for August 20. On her return home from the fair, she was very tired from the heat outside, which led to her calling her son at midnight saying she had a pain in her head.Doctors thought that she had had a cerebral hemorrhage, but she lapsed into unconsciousness the next day and died on August 22.
The year after her husband Oscar died she had an affair with a local planter, who she later on left and returned to St. Louis.
Kate Chopin was a very plump, pretty, and brown eyed brunette. She was "A gracious, easygoing hostess, she enjoyed laughter, music, and dancing, but especially intellectual talk, and she could express her own considered opinions with surprising directness.”
"Chopin's attended a St. Louis Catholic girl's school, Academy of the Sacred Heart, from ages five to eighteen."
She was arrested at the age of 13 for tearing the Union flag in her family's porch that had been hung there by the triumphant Union troops. She did this for her half-brother who was killed in the Civil War, making her a pro-Confederate.
"Chopin grew up in a household dominated by women: her mother, great-grandmother, and the female slaves her mother owned, who took care of the children."
One can say Chopin's interest in women independence came from her great-great-grandmother, "A woman who ran her own business, was separated from her husband, and had children while unmarried."
In 1870, at only twenty years old Kate Chopin married Oscar Chopin who was twenty-five. Mr. Chopin came from a rich family that grew cotton in Louisiana. Her and her husband were both of French catholic backgrounds. Oscar loved Kate, he liked that she was independent and intelligent and he “allowed” her freedom. After they had gotten married they moved to New Orleans where before Kate had turned twenty-eight she already had five sons and two daughters. Unfortunately, Oscar wasn’t doing too well as a business man so they had no choice but to move back to his old home in Louisiana. There is where Oscar died of swap fever in 1882 so Kate started running his general store and plantation for more than a year. Until 1884 when she moved back to St. Louis with her mom, Eliza, who sadly died the next year leaving Kate alone with all her children once again. In order to support herself and her seven kids she began to write. Immediately she became a success with her stories about people she knew from Louisiana. The Awakening was a true story; she drew inspiration from a New Orleans woman who was infamous in the French quarter.
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Kate's great great grandmother and her husband had been the first legal separation ever granted in St. Louis. Her great great grandmother, learned to read and write, gave birth to another child whose father was unnamed, became a keel boat entrepreneur, and ultimately an eighteenth century tycoon. Kate, having lost two very important male figures at an early age, developed strong ties to her great-grandmother. Kate's grandmother, Madame Charleville, gave birth to fifteen children with her merchant husband, Joseph Charleville. She taught Kate not only about music, history, and speaking French, she also stressed the need to live life "clearly and fearlessly."
Many believe that while Kate lived in New Orleans she may have met the French painter Edgar Degas, who lived in New Orleans for several months around 1872. She would have been observing life in the city, gathering material that she could draw upon for her fiction later in life.
Kate Chopin was considered a feminist author, and ahead of her time within the oppressive confines of the Victorian era. She'd achieved great success writing "local color" stories, but The Awakening was not as well-received as her other stories, most likely due to being more straightforward about its take on women's roles in society. Chopin had been raised in a more intellectually open environment, meaning that she was more open-minded and far removed from the expectations for women in her time period. This worked to her advantage as a writer, as it gave her a unique perspective, and allowed her to stand out. However, it was also did her a disservice, as her ideas seemed too outrageous for a time period that had not yet been awoken to the ideas of modern feminism.
-Father killed in 1855
-Grandmother dies in 1863
-Kate was extremely close to her family during her childhood
-Got married in 1870 to Oscar. She kept it a secret.
- Oscar died in 1882 and she was left to care for her six children. She never ended up getting married again. Oscar died of malaria.
-In 1885 her mother died
- To care for her children she went on to write
- Many reviews of The Awakening were very terrible, calling the book "unpleasant"
-Kate Chopin had started writing after he husband had died.
-Her marriage was a secret.
-she had six children five boys and one girl.
-she mainly wrote s provide for her kids.
-Catherine (Kate) O’Flaherty was born in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, on February 8, 1850
-In 1855, her father was killed in a railroad accident.
-In 1863 her beloved French-speaking great grandmother died.
-From 1867 to 1870 Kate kept a commonplace book in which she recorded diary entries and copied passages of essays, poems, and other writings. In 1869 she wrote a little sketch, “Emancipation: A Life Fable.”
-She was bilingual and bicultural–feeling at home in different communities with quite different values–and the influence of French life and literature on her thinking is noticeable throughout her fiction.
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- Kate Chopin grew up in a household dominated by women: her mother, great-grandmother, and the female slaves her mother owned.
- Chopin was greatly influenced by her great-grandmother, who ran her own business, was separated from her husband, and had children out of wedlock.
- Chopin ran her husband's store after he passed away, which was uncommon for widows at the time.
• Kate Chopin spent her time writing short stories, which some of them were published in various magazines such as Vogue, Atlantic Monthly, The Youth’s Companion and The Century Magazine during 1892 and 1895.
• She enjoyed reading religious allegories, poetry, contemporary novels and classic novels.
• Kate Chopin married to Oscar Chopin who has six children as well as her.
- Kate Chapin (1850-1904) was an American author.
- Her best work is of intelligent, sensitive women (although at first she was well-known for magazine fiction).
- Her work was forgotten after her death, but after some of her work appeared in an anthology 5 years after her death, people began to read her stories once again.
- Most people discarded her story, The Awakening, calling it vulgar and disagreeable. Popular writers negatively labeled her work as well.
- Per Seyersted published a biography sensitive to The Awakening, along with all of her other work, and all of her stories became known world-wide.
- Chopin's first short story, "A Point at Issue!" was published when Kate was thirty-nine. "Over the next fifteen years, until her death in 1904, she published two novels and wrote almost a hundred stories and sketches, two-thirds of them set in Louisiana and peopled with characters drawn from the rich cultural mixture of the region"
-Chopin's second novel, The Awakening, was published in 1899 and was immediately condemned nationally by male critics who found it "unwholesome". Although critically praised as a brilliant piece of writing, it was attacked on moral grounds because its heroine, a Louisiana wife and mother, has two lovers--an idea considered by the publishing industry to be a "poisonous and 'positively unseemly' theme"
Kate Chopin's Biography
Catherine (Kate) O'Flaherty was born in St Louis, Missouri, USA
Birthday: February 8,1850
She was the second child
Parents: Thomas O'Flaherty and Eliza Faris
Kate grew up speaking French and English
Kate attended the St. Louis Academy of the Sacred Heart
Kate was mentored by several women, including her mother, her grandmother, and her great grandmother, and also by some of the nuns by Sacred Heart.
During Kate's early life she had a great deal of trauma.
Her father was killed in a railroad accident (1855).
Then her great grandmother died in 1863.
Kate then later married Oscar Chopin in 1870.