Kate Chopin was born in St. Louis, Missouri to Eliza and Thomas O’Flaherty. Born into a wealthy catholic family, at age five Chopin attended the St. Louis Academy of the Sacred Heart, a boarding school mentored by nuns (“Kate Chopin Biography”). In 1855, two months into Chopin’s boarding school, her father was killed in a railroad accident due to a collapsing bridge, and Chopin was brought to her family from boarding school, although she returned two years later. All widows, Chopin was raised by her mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. No married couples lived in Chopin’s house until she was sixteen, but her house was filled with brothers, uncles, and cousins. Chopin was the only of five children to live past the age of twenty-five (Wyatt).
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...ically ended her career and good writing spirits. Five years after the publishing of The Awakening, Chopin died of a brain hemorrhage in 1904, but had led an eventful and influential life. Although her work was not popular among the early 1900s audience, Chopin’s work was rediscovered around 1970 and since has become known as classic literature from a brilliant author.
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