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Kate Chopin

Kate Chopin

Kate Chopin (1850-1904) is an American writer of Irish-Creole descent. Chopin, a mother of six, started writing for a living after her husband passed away, leaving her destitute. She first received public recognition for her novella The Awakening, which was published in 1899. The piece is considered a pinnacle of American Literature for its unique focus on the role of women in the family, which is examined from a different, almost feminist perspective. And indeed, Chopin received plenty of harsh criticism, and was even boycotted at the time, for her focus on the “immoral” topics of sexuality and women’s lib. Chopin wrote two novels as well as many short stories, articles and translations, which were published in various magazines.

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