Quotes by Kate Chopin

"The voice of the sea speaks to the soul."

"She wanted something to happen - something, anything: she did not know what."

"Perhaps it is better to wake up after all, even to suffer, rather than to remain a dupe to illusions all one's life."

"There were days when she was unhappy, she did not know why,--when it did not seem worthwhile to be glad or sorry, to be alive or dead; when life appeared to her like a grotesque pandemonium and humanity like worms struggling blindly toward inevitable annihilation."

"The voice of the sea is seductive, never ceasing, whispering, clamoring, murmuring, inviting the soul to wander in abysses of solitude."

Books by Kate Chopin

  • The Awakening
  • 176,136 ratings
  • 2006 by Elibron Classics

    (first published 1899)

  • Desiree's Baby
  • 3,543 ratings
  • May 1st 1994 by Commuter Library

    (first published 1893)

Kate Chopin
  • Kate Chopin

  • Date of birth: February 08, 1850
  • Died: August 22, 1904
  • Born: in St. Louis, Missouri, The United States.

  • Description: Kate Chopin was an American novelist and short-story writer best known for her startling 1899 novel, The Awakening. Born in St. Louis, she moved to New Orleans after marrying Oscar Chopin in 1870. Less than a decade later Oscar's cotton business fell on hard times and they moved to his family's plantation in the Natchitoches Parish of northwestern Louisiana. Oscar died in 1882 and Kate was suddenly a young widow with six children. She turned to writing and published her first poem in 1889. The Awakening, considered Chopin's masterpiece, was subject to harsh criticism at the time for its frank approach to sexual themes. It was rediscovered in the 1960s and has since become a standard of American literature, appreciated for its sophistication and artistry. Chopin's short stories of Cajun and Creole life are collected in Bayou Folk (1894) and A Night in Acadie (1897), and include "Desiree's Baby," "The Story of an Hour" and "The Storm."

    Some biographers cite 1850 as Chopin's birth year.