Kate Chopin: Bayou Folk

Kate Chopin: Bayou Folk
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  • Title: Bayou Folk
  • Author: Kate Chopin
  • Date: 1894
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin and Company
  • Genre: Short stories


Published in 1894, “Bayou Folk” is a collection of short stories that immerses readers in the heart of 19th-century Louisiana, a world masterfully depicted by Kate Chopin. Through her tales, Chopin presents a tapestry of characters and situations reflecting the life, tensions, and passions of the American South’s inhabitants.

The Cane River region, where Chopin resided for several years, serves as the backdrop for many of these narratives, offering a vivid portrayal of life on plantations and within small rural communities. Chopin’s characters, often women, grapple with challenges related to poverty, societal norms, and gender expectations. Through their struggles, the author delves into universal themes of love, identity, and defiance.

One of the collection’s standout stories is “DÉSIRÉE’S BABY,” a potent exploration of racial identity and mixed heritage in the Southern society. Chopin’s ability to address intricate topics with depth and sensitivity places her at the forefront of American literature of her time.

“Bayou Folk” is not just a window into life in the 19th-century American South but also a testament to Kate Chopin’s narrative prowess and her knack for capturing the essence of the human condition. It’s a must-read for any aficionado of American literature.


  • A No-Account Creole
  • In And Out Of Old Natchitoches
  • In Sabine
  • A Very Fine Fiddle
  • Beyond The Bayou
  • Old Aunt Peggy
  • The Return Of Alcibiade
  • A Rude Awakening
  • The Bênitous’ Slave
  • Désirée’s Baby
  • A Turkey Hunt
  • Madame Célestin’s Divorce
  • Love On The Bon-Dieu
  • Loka
  • Boulôt And Boulotte
  • For Marse Chouchoute
  • A Visit To Avoyelles
  • A Wizard From Gettysburg
  • Ma’ame Pélagie
  • At The ‘Cadian Ball
  • La Belle Zoraïde
  • A Gentleman Of Bayou Têche
  • A Lady Of Bayou St. John

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