A chronology of key events in Kate Chopin's life.
- Kate Chopin (Katherine O'Flaherty) born on February 8 to Thomas O'Flaherty, an Irish immigrant, and Eliza Faris, a Creole.
- Kate's father dies in a rail accident. Kate begins school at Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Louis.
- Kate's great-grandmother, Victoire Verdon Charleville, dies. Kate's half-brother, George O'Flaherty, a Confederate soldier, dies of typhoid fever.
- Kate graduates from the Academy of the Sacred Heart.
- Kate visits New Orleans in the spring.
- 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.
- Jean Chopin, the first of Kate's six children, is born on May 22.
- Oscar Chopin Jr. born.
- The Chopins move to the Garden District of New Orleans, and visit Grand Isle in the summer.
- Oscar's cotton business fails, and the Chopins move to Cloutierville, Louisiana. Lelia Chopin born.
- Kate's husband dies of malaria.
- Kate moves back to St. Louis.
- Eliza O'Flaherty, Kate's mother, dies in June.
- Kate writes her first poem, 'If It Might Be,' and begins the story 'Euphraisie.'
- "If It Might Be" is published in the literary and political journal America. Two stories, "Wiser than a God" and
"A Point at Issue" published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
- Kate's first novel, At Fault, is published privately.
- Kate unsuccessfully submits the novel Young Dr. Gosse to several publishers. She
later destroys the manuscript.
- "Désirée's Baby" published in Vogue.
- Bayou Folk published. Kate writes "Story of an Hour."
- "Athénaise" written.
- "Athénaise" published.
- A Night in Acadie published. Kate begins work on The Awakening in June.
- Kate completes The Awakening in January.
- The Awakening is published, to scathing reviews.
- Kate writes "The Gentleman from New Orleans", and is listed in the first edition
of Who's Who in USA.
- Kate visits the Louisiana Purchase Exposition on August 18, where she suffers
a stroke. She dies two days later.
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