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Kate Chopin. 1850-1904. A writer ahead of her time…. Portrayed the passions and discontents of women Widely condemned Katherine O’Flaherty. St. Louis, Missouri. February 8, 1850 Irish father French mother Surrounded by strong , independent women who helped shape her as a writer.

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kate chopin

Kate Chopin

1850-1904

a writer ahead of her time
A writer ahead of her time…
  • Portrayed the passions and discontents of women
  • Widely condemned
  • Katherine O’Flaherty
st louis missouri
St. Louis, Missouri
  • February 8, 1850
  • Irish father
  • French mother
  • Surrounded by strong, independentwomen who helped shape her as a writer
marriage oscar chopin
Marriage – Oscar Chopin
  • June 9, 1870 – She was 20 years old.
  • Moved to New Orleans
  • Business failed in 1879
  • Moved to his family’s plantations in Natchitoches Parish
  • Oscar died 1882 – swamp fever
  • 6 children
life after oscar
Life after Oscar
  • Returned to St. Louis
  • Mother died
  • Emotionally burnt out
  • Doctor suggested that Kate write to express her grief
  • Supported her family with income from real estate she owned in Louisiana and St. Louis
writing
Writing
  • Nationally acclaimed local color writer
  • Criticized for questioning the role of women in society
  • Critical disapproval of her novel, The Awakening
  • Editor suspended the publication of her third collection of stories – published in 1991 (87 years after her death)
  • Most famous short story – “Desiree’s Baby”
death
Death
  • August 20, 1904 – cerebral hemorrhage
  • Died August 22nd