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Kate Chopin, born Katherine O'Flaherty (February 8, 1850 - August 22, 1904), was an American author of short stories and novels. She is now considered by some to have been a forerunner of the feminist authors of the 20th century.

From 1892 to 1895, she wrote short stories for both children and adults which were published in such magazines as Atlantic Monthly, Vogue, The Century Magazine, and The Youth's Companion. Her major works were two short story collections, Bayou Folk (1894) and A Night in Acadie (1897). Her important short stories included "Desiree's Baby," a tale of miscegenation in antebellum Louisiana (published in 1893), "The Story of an Hour" (1894), and "The Storm"(1898). "The Storm" is a sequel to "The 'Cadian Ball," which appeared in her first collection of short stories, Bayou Folk. Chopin also wrote two novels: At Fault (1890) and The Awakening (1899), which are set in New Orleans and Grand Isle, respectively. The people in her stories are usually inhabitants of Louisiana. Many of her works are set in Natchitoches in north central Louisiana.

Within a decade of her death, Chopin was widely recognized as one of the leading writers of her time. In 1915, Fred Lewis Pattee wrote, "some of [Chopin's] work is equal to the best that has been produced in France or even in America. [She displayed] what may be described as a native aptitude for narration amounting almost to genius."

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  • ISBN-13: 9780961428518
  • Publisher: Green Street Press, The
  • Publication date: 2/1/1986
  • Series: Reprints Series
  • Edition description: 1st paperback edition
  • Pages: 213

Meet the Author

A precursor of the 20th century's feminist authors, Kate Chopin (1850–1904) wrote short stories and novels for children and adults. The St. Louis native lived in New Orleans for a dozen years and set most of her tales amid Louisiana's Creole culture. Many of her stories were well ahead of their time, and she achieved widespread acclaim only after her death.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Suggestions for Further Reading
A Note on the Text
Part I
I The Mistress of Place-du-Bois 5
II At the Mill 10
III In the Pirogue 14
IV A Small Interruption 19
V In the Pine Woods 22
VI Melicent Talks 28
VII Painful Disclosures 34
VIII Treats of Melicent 41
IX Face to Face 47
X Fanny's Friends 52
XI The Self-Assumed Burden 58
XII Severing Old Ties 62
Part II
I Fanny's First Night at Place-du-Bois 73
II "Neva to See You!" 78
III A Talk Under the Cedar Tree 82
IV Therese Crosses the River 87
V One Afternoon 93
VI One Night 101
VII Melicent Leaves Place-du-Bois 108
VIII With Loose Rein 114
IX The Reason Why 120
X Perplexing Things 125
XI A Social Evening 130
XII Tidings That Sting 138
XIII Melicent Hears the News 142
XIV A Step Too Far 148
XV A Fateful Solution 153
XVI To Him Who Waits 161
XVII Conclusion 166
Explanatory Notes 171
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