Biography: Kate Chopin (1850-1904) was an American author of novels and short stories and one of the leading authors of that time. She wrote stories to be published in magazines such as Atlantic Monthly and Vogue. The stories were typically set in Louisiana. She was born in St. Louis and her given name was Katherine O'Flaherty. She married at the age of 20 and had six children by the age of 28. She began writing novels at the suggestion of her obstetrician after the death of her husband and mother. Her second novel, The Awakening, was her best-known work and is frequently thought of as an early feminist work. She died of a brain hemorrhage at the age of 54 after attending the St. Louis World's Fair.

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