Kate Chopin : A Re Awakening Essay

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In the PBS documentary, Kate Chopin: A Re-Awakening, Kate Chopin’s grandson, David Chopin said “she used to have these Thursday afternoon soirées and all the poets and the writers and the editors and people who happened to be in town were there. She sat there like the Grand Dame she was and entertained them” (Kate Chopin: A Re-Awakening). Kate Chopin’s writing career was relatively short, lasting for only about 5 years. She worked almost entirely in fiction, writing two novels, one at the very beginning of her career and one near its conclusion, and a few trivial poems (Wolff 208). Daughter, sister, granddaughter, and mother of six, Kate Chopin (aka Katherine O’ Flaherty Chopin) is known as one of the first feminist authors of the 21st century, however it was not until 10 years after her death when she began to be widely recognized, especially her short story, “The Story of an Hour,” which was was one of her lesser-known short stories until the publication of The Complete Works of Kate Chopin in 1969. In fact, Chopin was born on February 8, 1850 to Thomas O 'Flaherty and Eliza Faris. Her father, Thomas was an efficacious businessman from Galway, Ireland. Her mother, Eliza was extremely involved in the French community in St. Louis. In American Writers: A Collection of Literary Biographies, Supplement 1, Cynthia Griffin Wolff said, “Chopin was born into a thriving, expanding metropolis of 75,000 inhabitants: St. Louis, Missouri, a city unique in its combination of frontier…

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