Her devotion to that purpose causes friction with her friends and family, and also conflicts with the dominant values of her time. They are staying at a pension, a sort of boarding house where each family has their own cottage but eat together in a main dining hall. Madame Ratignolle is the epitome of a "mother-woman," gladly sacrificing a distinct personal identity to devote her entire being to the care of her children, husband, and household.
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. Inher 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! 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.
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The Chopins lived in three New Orleans houses. 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.
Louis 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. But she then moved with her family back to St.
Louis where she found better schools for her children and a richer cultural life for herself. Shortly after, inher mother died. Not very tall, inclined to be plump, and quite pretty, she had thick, wavy brown hair that grayed prematurely, and direct, sparking brown eyes. Her friends remembered most her quiet manner and quick Irish wit, embellished with a gift for mimicry.
A gracious, easygoing hostess, she enjoyed laughter, music, and dancing, but especially intellectual talk, and she could express her own considered opinions with surprising directness. Frederick Kolbenheyer, her obstetrician and a family friend, encouraged her to write. Influenced by Guy de Maupassant and other writers, French and American, Kate began to compose fiction, and in one of her stories appeared in the St.
In her first novel, At Fault, was published privately. The book is about a thirtyish Catholic widow in love with a divorced man. At Fault offers a compelling glimpse into what Kate Chopin was thinking about as she began her writing career. Chopin completed a second novel, to have been called Young Dr.
She became active in St. During the next decade, although maintaining an active social life, she plunged into her work and kept accurate records of when she wrote her hundred or so short stories, which magazines she submitted them to, when they were accepted or rejected and published, and how much she was paid for them.
Chopin traveled to New York and Boston to seek a publisher for a novel and a collection of stories. Bayou Folk was a success.
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