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  1. Kate Chopin 1850-1904

  2. A writer ahead of her time… • Portrayed the passions and discontents of women • Widely condemned • Katherine O’Flaherty

  3. St. Louis, Missouri • February 8, 1850 • Irish father • French mother • Surrounded by strong, independentwomen who helped shape her as a writer

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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”

  7. Death • August 20, 1904 – cerebral hemorrhage • Died August 22nd