Fame Upon Death: Kate Chopin

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Fame Upon Death: Kate Chopin

Kate Chopin

1850 -1904

Fame Upon Death

1899 The Awakening is published, to scathing reviews. .

1890 Kate's first novel, At Fault, is published privately.

1888 Kate writes her first poem, 'If It Might Be,' and begins the story 'Euphraisie.'

1904 Kate visits the Louisiana Purchase Exposition on August 18, where she suffers a stroke. She dies two days later.

1897 A Night in Acadie published. Kate begins work on The Awakening in June.

1871 Jean Chopin, the first of Kate's six children, is born on May 22.

1870 Kate marries Oscar Chopin on June 9 in St. Louis. Their honeymoon in Europe is cut short by the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War. The couple moves to New Orleans in October.

1805Kate was born on February 8, in St. Louis Missouri.

1855 Kate's father dies in a rail accident. Kate begins school at Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Louis.

1882 Kate's husband dies of malaria.

1868 Kate graduates from the Academy of the Sacred Heart.


Kate Chopin was born in St. Louis Missouri on February 8, 1805. In 1870, at the age of 20, she married Oscar Chopin and settled in New Orleans. Chopin had all six of her children by the age 28.By the early 1890s, Kate Chopin was writing short stories, articles, and translations which appeared in periodicals, including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was successful and placed many of her publications in literary magazines. In 1899, her second novel, The Awakening. was published, and the book was criticized because of its moral as well as its literary standards. Some of her writings, such as The Awakening, were too far ahead of their time and therefore not socially embraced. After almost 12 years in the public eye of the literary world and shattered by the lack of acceptance.August 20, 1904, Chopin suffered a brain hemorrhage and died two days later, at the age of 54.


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