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Best known for her novel The Awakening, Kate Chopin (1851-1904) established her literary reputation with short stories about life in rural Louisiana during the late nine-teenth century. After her 1870 marriage to Oscar Chopin, a Creole cotton trader and commission merchant, she lived in and around New Orleans for more than a decade until her husband's death in 1882. During these years, Chopin became acquainted with Creoles, Cajuns, and newly freed blacks. When Oscar Chopin died he was nearly bankrupt, forcing ...
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Bayou folk

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Overview

Best known for her novel The Awakening, Kate Chopin (1851-1904) established her literary reputation with short stories about life in rural Louisiana during the late nine-teenth century. After her 1870 marriage to Oscar Chopin, a Creole cotton trader and commission merchant, she lived in and around New Orleans for more than a decade until her husband's death in 1882. During these years, Chopin became acquainted with Creoles, Cajuns, and newly freed blacks. When Oscar Chopin died he was nearly bankrupt, forcing Kate and their six children to return to her family in St. Louis. Still under the spell of New Orleans, Chopin began writing and her short stories about Creole and Cajun life first appeared in magazines in 1889. The stories collected in Bayou Folk (1894) present remarkably vivid snapshots of daily life in a now vanished world. Many of them highlight the relations between blacks and whites in a society where the rules of engagement still reflected the entrenched patterns of slavery some two decades after the Civil War. Chopin's gifts for capturing the dialects of the region and for telling a compelling story in memorable vignettes provide the reader with a richly rewarding experience.
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  • BN ID: 2940018183396
  • Publisher: Boston and New York, Houghton, Mifflin and co
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Digitized from 1894 volume
  • File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

A No-Account Creole 11
In and Out of Old Natchitoches 53
In Sabine 77
A Very Fine Fiddle 93
Beyond the Bayou 97
Old Aunt Peggy 107
The Return of Alcibiade 109
A Rude Awakening 121
The Benitous' Slave 135
Desiree's Baby 139
A Turkey Hunt 149
Madame Celestin's Divorce 153
Love on the Bon-Dieu 159
Loka 179
Boulot and Boulotte 191
For Marse Chouchoute 195
A Visit to Avoyelles 207
Wizard from Gettysburg 213
Ma'ame Pelagie 225
At the 'Cadian Ball 239
La Belle Zoraide 257
Gentleman of Bayou Teche 267
Lady of Bayou St. John 279
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