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Kate Chopin (1851–1904)

Autor(a) de The Awakening

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About the 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 mostrar mais 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. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Kate Chopin

The Awakening (1899) 9,123 exemplares
The Awakening and Selected Stories (1899) 1,184 exemplares
The Awakening and Selected Stories (1899) 379 exemplares
The Awakening [Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism] (1993) — Autor — 326 exemplares
The Story of an Hour [short story] (1894) 222 exemplares
A Vocation and a Voice: Stories (1991) 188 exemplares
At Fault (1890) 117 exemplares
The Kiss and Other Stories (1995) 94 exemplares
Bayou Folk and A Night in Acadie (1999) 90 exemplares
Desiree's Baby [short story] (1994) 52 exemplares
American Women Writers (1983) 48 exemplares
Portraits (1979) 43 exemplares
Bayou Folk (1894) 26 exemplares
Awakening and Other Stories (2014) 25 exemplares
The Storm (2002) 23 exemplares
A Night in Acadie (1897) 13 exemplares
Classic Women's Short Stories (2001) 13 exemplares
The Locket [short story] (2015) 10 exemplares
Ma'ame Pélagie [short story] (2013) 8 exemplares
Uyanış (2019) 7 exemplares
Kate Chopin's Private Papers (1998) 7 exemplares
Despertar y otros relatos, El (2011) 6 exemplares
The Kiss [short story] (2015) — Autor — 6 exemplares
Virgumine (2002) 5 exemplares
La culpa (2016) 5 exemplares
Désirée laps ja teisi jutte (2023) 4 exemplares
At the 'Cadian Ball 3 exemplares
The Awakening and Other Stories (2008) 3 exemplares
Regret (1995) 3 exemplares
Beyond the Bayou [short story] (2014) 3 exemplares
Il sogno di un᾽ora 3 exemplares
The Short Story and You. (1999) 3 exemplares
O Despertar 3 exemplares
Ozeme's Holiday (1995) 2 exemplares
L'Eveil (1990) 2 exemplares
L'EVEIL (2018) 2 exemplares
La cigarette égyptienne (1995) 2 exemplares
A Reflection [short story] (2017) 2 exemplares
O Beijo 2 exemplares
The Storm, At The 'Cadian Ball (2008) 2 exemplares
Nine Stories (2022) 2 exemplares
Sem título 2 exemplares
An Idle Fellow (2019) 2 exemplares
Kate Chopin Miscellany (1979) 1 exemplar
“Lilacs” 1 exemplar
Women stories (1999) 1 exemplar
Meias de Seda 1 exemplar
Sous le ciel de l'été (2009) 1 exemplar
The Kate Chopin Collection (2016) 1 exemplar
En kvinde vågner 1 exemplar
Short Fiction 1 exemplar
Five stories of an hour (1988) 1 exemplar
Louisiana Stories (2003) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (1995) — Contribuidor, algumas edições914 exemplares
The Oxford Book of American Short Stories (1992) — Contribuidor — 742 exemplares
Great Short Stories by American Women (1996) — Contribuidor — 407 exemplares
Women & Fiction: Short Stories By and About Women (1975) — Contribuidor — 364 exemplares
The Treasury of American Short Stories (1981) — Contribuidor — 267 exemplares
Daughters of Decadence: Women Writers of the Fin-de-Siècle (1993) — Contribuidor — 184 exemplares
Erotica: Women's Writing from Sappho to Margaret Atwood (1990) — Contribuidor — 168 exemplares
The Signet Classic Book of Southern Short Stories (1991) — Contribuidor — 121 exemplares
The Lifted Veil: Women's 19th Century Stories (2005) — Contribuidor — 113 exemplares
Norton Introduction to the Short Novel (1982) — Contribuidor, algumas edições98 exemplares
The Literature of the American South: A Norton Anthology (1997) — Contribuidor — 98 exemplares
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The American Fantasy Tradition (2002) — Contribuidor — 89 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Erotic Stories by Women (1995) — Contribuidor — 80 exemplares
The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Concise Edition (2003) — Contribuidor — 68 exemplares
The Vintage Book of American Women Writers (2011) — Contribuidor — 56 exemplares
Scribbling Women: Short Stories by 19th-Century American Women (1997) — Contribuidor — 49 exemplares
The Signet Classic Book of Contemporary American Short Stories (1985) — Contribuidor — 42 exemplares
Best Loved Short Stories of Nineteenth Century America (2003) — Contribuidor — 39 exemplares
New Orleans Noir 2: The Classics (2016) — Contribuidor — 37 exemplares
Medusa's Daughters (2020) — Contribuidor — 34 exemplares
The Haves & Have Nots: 30 Stories About Money & Class In America (1999) — Contribuidor — 33 exemplares
The Secret Self: A Century of Short Stories by Women (1995) — Contribuidor — 33 exemplares
Rediscoveries: American Short Stories by Women, 1832-1916 (1994) — Contribuidor — 32 exemplares
Stories To Get You Through The Night (2010) — Contribuidor — 32 exemplares
American Gothic Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) (2019) — Contribuidor — 32 exemplares
American gothic : An anthology 1787–1916 (1999) — Contribuidor — 25 exemplares
Almost Touching the Skies: Women's Coming of Age Stories (2000) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
Great Classic Stories II: Eighteen Unabridged Classics (2010) — Contribuidor, algumas edições15 exemplares
Restless Spirits: Ghost Stories by American Women, 1872-1926 (1996) — Contribuidor — 14 exemplares
Love Stories: Classic Tales of Romance (2010) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
Classic Short Stories by Trailblazing Women (2023) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares
Of Leaf and Flower: Stories and Poems for Gardeners (2001) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
Classic American Short Stories [2016] (2012) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
More Classic American Short Stories (2007) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
Great Classic Mysteries II (2012) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Library of Southern Literature, Vol. II: Boyle-Clarke (1909) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
Representative American Short Stories — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
America Writes: Learning English through American Short Stories (1997) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
Great Love Stories (Dover Thrift Editions) (2016) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
Great Classic Womens Fiction (2011) 3 exemplares
Enjoying Stories (1987) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Representative Modern Short Stories (1929) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Chopin, Kate
Nome legal
O'Flaherty, Katherine
Outros nomes
Chopin, Kate
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Localização do túmulo
Calvary Vemetery, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
Local de nascimento
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Local de falecimento
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Causa da morte
brain hemorrhage
Locais de residência
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Grand Coteau, Louisiana, USA
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, USA
Sacred Heart Academy, St. Louis
short story writer
Wednesday Club
Prémios e menções honrosas
St. Louis Walk of Fame

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Katherine O’Flaherty was the daughter of an Irish immigrant father and a French-Creole mother. She was educated at the St. Louis Sacred Heart Academy and then made a debut into Southern society. In 1870, she married Oscar Chopin, a cotton trader from Louisiana, and the couple had six children. Widowed in 1882, and needing to support herself and her young children, Kate Chopin began to write sketches of her former plantation life, which appeared in periodicals such as Bayou Folk. These received immediate acclaim, as did her first novel At Fault (1890). Kate Chopin published two novels and about 100 short stories in the 1890s. Most of her fiction was set in Louisiana and her best-known work focuses on the lives of sensitive, intelligent women. Her short stories were most popular in her own day and appeared in some of America's most prestigious magazines. After her death her work was temporarily forgotten, but then in the 1920s her short stories began to appear in anthologies, and the public and literary scholars again began to take notice of her.



Chopin plays the English language like a concert pianist. Many lovely and poetic turns of phrase. What was shocking in 1899 wouldn't alarm an eight-year-old today, the book is still an engaging read, at times almost like Chopin is whispering it into your ear.
mlevel | 177 outras críticas | Jan 22, 2024 |
A slow, short, but pretty amazing novel and I see why it's as influential as it is.

The plot focuses on a woman finding herself. Finding her individualism and rebelling against the conformative expectations of society. Infidelity is the plot vehicle this is done through, and I feel like people really get caught up on this, but ultimately, I don't think the crux of the book is about infidelity, rather marriage is just a symbol for conformity and female oppression. That being said, some moments of writing referring to the affair are beautifully written, Chopin really hits her stride when she was writing about their relationship.

Ending was powerful, but felt super rushed. Really wished it would have been expanded upon a bit.

Favorite Quote:

"She had tried to forget him, realizing the inutility of remembering. But the thought of him was like an obsession, ever pressing itself upon her. It was not that she dwelt upon details of their acquaintance, or recalled in any special or peculiar way his personality; it was his being, his existence, which dominated her thought, fading sometimes as if it would melt into the mist of the forgotten, reviving again with an intensity which filled her with an incomprehensible longing."
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Andjhostet | 177 outras críticas | Jul 4, 2023 |
The first half of this novel takes place on the seashore of the Gulf of Mexico, and Chopin vividly conveys the experience of spending leisure time on the coast in the summer: late-night dinners, midnight swims, watching the water for hours in the afternoon.

My other impressions of the novel pale in comparison to my pleasure at her understanding of the private beach scene, but I liked it. Edna awakens to become a self-absorbed, childish and alienated loner; the patriarchy proves resilient; fairy-tale endings are eschewed.… (mais)
proustbot | 177 outras críticas | Jun 19, 2023 |
The Awakening by Kate Chopin has been sitting on the shelf for some time, purchased at a point in time when I thought I wanted to read more classics. This was Chopin's second book so it fit with the Classics CAT for February dealing with two or seconds. I knew the basic plot of a woman struggling to find an authentic life in a world where women are largely considered decorative. Once awakened by real love during her summer sojourn on Grand Isle, Edna Pontellier finds it impossible to return to her normal life as wife and mother in New Orleans. The book was very controversial when it was published at the turn of the century as Chopin described an early feminist mindset that really did threaten a world that circumcised women's lives. My edition is a study one with lots of interpretive essays as well as primary source documents from the books and magazines of the times with their guidance for women to be good wives and mothers.… (mais)
witchyrichy | 3 outras críticas | Apr 30, 2023 |


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