By the late s Kate Chopin was well known among American readers of magazine fiction. Her early novel At Fault had not been much noticed by the public, but The Awakening was widely condemned. Critics called it morbid, vulgar, and disagreeable. Willa Cather, who would become a well known twentieth-century American author, labeled it trite and sordid. In the s a Chopin biography appeared which spoke well of her short fiction but dismissed The Awakening as unfortunate.
However, by the s scholars and others recognized that the novel is an insightful and moving work of fiction. Such readers set in motion a Kate Chopin revival, one of the more remarkable literary revivals in the United States. If you know of a translation into another language, would you write to us? She is today understood as a classic writer who speaks eloquently to contemporary concerns.
She was bilingual and bicultural—feeling at home in different communities with quite different values—and the influence of French life and literature on her thinking is noticeable throughout her fiction. From to Kate attended the St. As a girl, she was mentored by woman—by her mother, her grandmother, and her great grandmother, as well as by the Sacred Heart nuns. Much of the fiction Kate wrote as an adult draws on the nurturing she received from women as she was growing up. Her early life had a great deal of trauma. In , her father was killed in a railroad accident.
In her beloved French-speaking great grandmother died. Kate spent the Civil War in St. Louis, a city where residents supported both the Union and the Confederacy and where her family had slaves in the house. Her half brother enlisted in the Confederate army, was captured by Union forces, and died of typhoid fever. From to Kate kept a commonplace book in which she recorded diary entries and copied passages of essays, poems, and other writings. At about nineteen, through social events held at Oakland, a wealthy estate near St. It does not seem strange as I had thought it would—I feel perfectly calm, perfectly collected.
And how surprised everyone was, for I had kept it so secret! On their wedding trip the couple traveled to Cincinnati, Philadelphia, and New York, and then crossed the Atlantic and landed in Bremen, Germany. Heidi M. The Chopins toured Germany, Switzerland, and France. They saw Paris only briefly, in September, , during the Franco-Prussian War, at a moment when the city was preparing for a long siege. Kate never visited Europe again. Back in the States, the couple settled in New Orleans, where Oscar established a business as a cotton factor, dealing with cotton and other commodities corn, sugar, and molasses, among them.
Louisiana was in the midst of Reconstruction at the time, and the city was beset with economic and racial troubles. Oscar joined the notorious White League, a Democratic group that in had a violent confrontation with Republican Radicals, causing President Grant to send in federal troops. Kate may have met the French painter Edgar Degas, who lived in New Orleans for several months around She would have been observing life in the city, gathering material that she could draw upon for her fiction later in life. The Chopins lived in three New Orleans houses. Like other wealthy families in the city, the Chopins would go by boat to vacation on Grand Isle, a Creole resort in the Gulf of Mexico.
In the Chopins moved to Cloutierville, a small French village in Natchitoches Parish, in northwestern Louisiana, after Oscar closed his New Orleans business because of hard financial times. Oscar bought a general store in Cloutierville, but in he died of malaria—and Kate became a widow at age thirty-two, with the responsibility of raising six children. 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 , Fred Lewis Pattee wrote, "some of [Chopin's] work is equal to the best that has been produced in France or even in America. Show More. Average Review. Write a Review.
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The Book of Enoch by Enoch , Paperback Conclusion pp. Complete works of Kate Chopin. Alice Freeman Palmer. Kate Chopin began her writing career with her first story published on St.
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In , Per Seyersted gave the world the first collected works of Kate Chopin. Seyersted's presentation of Chopin's writings and biographical and. Editorial Reviews. About the Author The Complete Works of Kate Chopin ( Southern Literary Studies) - Kindle edition by Kate Chopin, Per Seyersted, Edmund.
New York: Twayne Publishers, Lamothe, Mary Victoria. PhD Thesis. Fordham U. Papke, Mary E. New York: Greenwood, Peel, Ellen. Rankin, Daniel S.
Kate Chopin and Her Creole Stories. Philadelphia: U of Pennsylvania P, Reilly, Joseph J. Ryu, Chung-Eun. Saks, Eva. Seyersted, Per.
Kate Chopin: A Critical Biography. Sollors, Werner. Sperber, Dan, and Deirdre Wilson.
Relevance: Communication and Cognition. Oxford: Blackwell, London: Arnold, Staunton, John A. Steiling, David. Taylor, Helen. Toth, Emily. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, Williamson, Joel. New York: Free Press, Wolff, Cynthia Griffin. Werner Sollors forcefully rejects former interpretations that praise this short story for its progressive treatment of racial issues Chung-Eun Ryu argues that Chopin was neither a reformer nor a reactionary, and that she presented a realistic portrait of Louisiana racial relations.
Grice included in the category of manner On this subject see Arner ; Sollors ; Toth Using a different wording, Skaggs 25 , Ewell 69 and Taylor agree with this interpretation. She is the author of American Literature to Madrid: CERA, , a survey course primarily addressed to university students enrolled in distance education programmes, and has also written extensively on twentieth-century British, American and Canadian literature. She has contributed essays to the collections T. Sperber and Wilson 1 The popular renown and the critical praise that Kate Chopin received during her lifetime resulted essentially from her Louisiana short stories, published first in various magazines and subsequently collected in the volumes Bayou Folk and A Night in Acadie Grice include On this subject see Arner