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Kate Chopin

Author: Emily Toth
Publisher: New York : Morrow, ©1990.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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This volume is a biography of American author of short stories and novels, Kate Chopin (1850-1904). She is now considered by some to have been a forerunner of feminist authors of the 20th century. Born in St. Louis, Chopin eventually moved to Louisiana when she married. Left a widow with six children in 1882, she turned to writing for her livelihood, and she was successful until the publication of her controversial  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Biographies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Toth, Emily.
Kate Chopin.
New York : Morrow, ©1990
(OCoLC)551331798
Named Person: Kate Chopin; Kate Chopin; Kate Chopin; Kate Chopin
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Emily Toth
ISBN: 0688097073 9780688097073
OCLC Number: 21593015
Description: 528 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: A curious child --
Tales at an impressionable age --
Secrets and a special friendship --
Rebellion and silence --
"A teller of marvellous stories" --
Popularity and its price --
A writer's honeymoon --
New Orleans and motherhood --
The gossip in Cloutierville --
"A certain light was beginning to dawn" --
Scandal --
At fault --
A professional writer --
Louisiana inspiration, St. Louis ambition --
Bayou folk --
Literary celebrity --
A St. Louis salon --
Intimate and untidy stories --
Making enemies --
A night in Acadie: "is love divine?" --
"The storm" and the awakening --
"The story of a lady most foolish" --
Private praise and public censure --
In decline and melancholy --
Appendix 1: Chronology of Kate Chopin's life --
Appendix 2: Kate Chopin's writings --
Appendix 3: The alleged banning of the awakening.
Responsibility: Emily Toth.

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This volume is a biography of American author of short stories and novels, Kate Chopin (1850-1904). She is now considered by some to have been a forerunner of feminist authors of the 20th century. Born in St. Louis, Chopin eventually moved to Louisiana when she married. Left a widow with six children in 1882, she turned to writing for her livelihood, and she was successful until the publication of her controversial novel The Awakening in 1899. This novel is the story of a woman who relinquishes the traditional female role by having an extramarital affair and seeking independence. The author attempts to capture the essence of a woman whose writings veiled the undercurrents of her remarkable life. From the high society of St. Louis to the backwaters of Cloutierville, Louisiana, Chopin was a keen observer and skillful raconteur of the unfolding relationships of men and women. She boldly touched upon topics rarely treated in mainstream literature, and she was ultimately castigated for this.

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