A writer of short fiction, children's stories and two novels, within ten years of her first publication Kate Chopin was famous enough to be listed in the 1901 edition of

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. Her reputation, which sprang from an intense period of publication between 1889 and her death in 1904, was based on her regional stories. Born in St Louis, Missouri, of Irish-American and French descent, she spent her early years within the security of a wealthy, slave-owning family until the American Civil War (1861-5) destroyed the old social order. Their family slaves ran away when the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 freed all African-American slaves in the rebel southern states. Chopin's stories became famous for her depiction of American people of many racial, cultural and social variations in…

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Citation: Scullion, Val. "Kate Chopin". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 October 2004 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=868, accessed 13 April 2024.]

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