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Mrs. Kate Chopin was born in St. Louis. She descends, on her mother’s side, from several of the old French families of primitive St. Louis, and her father, Captain Thomas O’Flaherty, was a wealthy merchant of St. Louis. She graduated at the Sacred Heart Convent, and a few years later married Oscar Chopin of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. They lived on his plantation until his death which occurred several years ago. Her first literary venture, “At Fault”, is a good, homely story, not particularly exciting as to the plot, and somewhat crude at times, but still affording pleasant reading; in no way did it foreshadow her future work. It was published in 1890, in St. Louis. Her next book, “Bayou Folk” (Boston, 1894), consists of a number of short stories and studies of Creole life. The facility and exactness with which Mrs. Chopin handles the Creole dialect, and the fidelity of her descriptions of that strange, remote life in the Louisiana bayous, is remarkable. But she writes of (what she calls) her “own people “, for by inheritance of birth and by marriage, and I may
dd — by inclination, she is herself, a Creole. Her stories are extremely interesting as studies of life. She has been compared to Mr. Cable, but no two writers could possibly traverse the same ground more at variance
with each other. Her touch is far more deft than Mr. Cable’s; her insight is more femininely subtle (if I may use the word); pain, sorrow, affliction, humbled pride, rude heroism — enter more completely into her sympathies. She feels and suffers with her characters. Nor is this strange: she is herself (as I have said before) to the manor born. Not so Mr. Cable. I do not wish to detract one tittle from the just praise I have given him elsewhere, but the soul of sympathy with which Mrs. Chopin overflows is wanting in his pages; we may smile with him, we may laugh with him — even grieve with him — but we are forced to realize, nevertheless, that he lacks that touch of humanity that Brunetiere so justly and so eloquently praises in Thackeray and George Eliot. The critics have not as yet fully understood the excellence of Mrs. Chopin’s work.

The Awakening

The Awakening – Kate Chopin

Mrs. Chopin’s most ambitious work, and that by many regarded as her greatest achievement, is ‘The Awakening’. It was written in the belief that in this larger form she could best develop the qualities of her talent. The book shows breadth of view, sincerity, art of the finest kind, a deep knowledge of the woman soul, and accurate individualized character delineation. Edna, the wife of Leonce Pontellier, and mother of two children, is aroused by the simple love of a young Creole to the knowledge of demands in her rich passionate nature that cannot be satisfied by her wifely and maternal duties. Without a fitting education she tries to realize her self at the expense … Read more.../Mehr lesen ...

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