Kate Chopin: A Re-Awakening Chronology
1850
Kate Chopin (Katherine O'Flaherty) born on February 8 to Thomas O'Flaherty, an Irish immigrant, and Eliza Faris, a Creole.

1855
Kate's father dies in a rail accident. Kate begins school at Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Louis.

1863
Kate's great-grandmother, Victoire Verdon Charleville, dies. Kate's half-brother, George O'Flaherty, a Confederate soldier, dies of typhoid fever.

1868
Kate graduates from the Academy of the Sacred Heart.

1869
Kate visits New Orleans in the spring.

1870
Kate marries Oscar Chopin on June 9 in St. Louis. Their honeymoon in Europe is cut short by the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War. The couple moves to New Orleans in October.

1871
Jean Chopin, the first of Kate's six children, in born on May 22.

1873
Oscar Chopin Jr. born.

1874
The Chopins move to the Garden District of New Orleans, and visit Grand Isle in the summer.

1879
Oscar's cotton business fails, and the Chopins move to Cloutierville, Louisiana. Lelia Chopin born.

1882
Kate's husband dies of malaria.

1884
Kate moves back to St. Louis.

1885
Eliza O'Flaherty, Kate's mother, dies in June.

1888
Kate writes her first poem, 'If It Might Be,' and begins the story 'Euphraisie.'

1889
'If It Might Be' is published in America. Two stories, 'Wiser than a God' and 'A Point at Issue' published in the Post-Dispatch.

1890
Kate's first novel, At Fault, is published privately.

1891
Kate unsuccessfully submits the novel Young Dr. Gosse to several publishers. She later destroys the manuscript.

1893
'Désirée's Baby' published in Vogue.

1894
Bayou Folk published. Kate writes 'Story of an Hour.'

1895
'Athénaise' written.

1896
'Athénaise' published.

1897
A Night in Acadie published. Kate begins work on The Awakening in June.

1898
Kate completes The Awakening in January.

1899
The Awakening is published, to scathing reviews.

1900
Kate writes "The Gentleman from New Orleans", and is listed in the first edition of Who's Who in USA.

1904
Kate visits the Louisiana Purchase Exposition on August 18, where she suffers a stroke. She dies two days later.

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