Kate Chopin

Kate Chopin, born Katherine O’Flaherty, (1851-1904) was an American writer of short stories and novels. She is considered a forerunner of feminist authors of the 20th century. Many of her stories deal with women who struggle against traditional gender roles in connection with female sexuality and divorce. In her early writing career her work received good reviews, but some of the rather controversial subjects she dealt with alienated the majority of her readers and she was forgotten. In the 1960s, however, her feminist approach was acknowledged, and she regained popularity for having introduced strong views on the female condition.Among her best known stories are: “The Story of an Hour”, “Désirée’s Baby” and “The Awakening”.