Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Chopin, Kate

(1850-1904) US writer and critic. Her fascination for the Creole and Cajun peoples of Louisiana caused her to draw upon their Folktales for her stories in Bayou Folk (coll 1894) and A Night in Acadie (coll 1897), several of which used local superstition with considerable atmosphere. Much of her work concerned deeply psychological explorations of sexual awakening. Despite critical acclaim KC incurred public indignation over the "immoral" and anti-racist views deployed in The Awakening (1899), and found it difficult to sell her work thereafter. [MA]

Kate O'Flaherty Chopin


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