Kate Chopin

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Chopin, Kate (b. Katherine O'Flaherty)

(1851–1904) writer; born in St. Louis, Mo. She returned to St. Louis to write professionally after the death of her husband, a Louisiana planter (1882). Her Creole tales (Bayou Folk (1894), A Night in Acadie (1897)) established her as a leading "local color" author. But after her novel The Awakening (1899) was attacked for its honest portrayal of a woman's unrepentant sexual passion, she virtually stopped publishing and was not rediscovered until the 1960s.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.
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