Kate Chopin

Kate Chopin, born Katherine O'Flaherty (1850 – 1904), was an American writer of short stories and novels. Best known for her novel The Awakening and for her short-story collections Bayou Folk and A Night in Acadie, she is considered to be one of the most important early American feminist writers. Her work depicts the struggles and lives of various ethnic groups in Louisiana with sensitivity and wit and features vivid descriptions of the natural environment there.