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Episode description: Revisits the life and work of renowned 19th-century Louisiana author Kate Chopin, best known for The Awakening. Published in 1899, the novel drew a storm of criticism for its "shocking, morbid, and vulgar" story, which ends in the heroine's suicide, and quickly went out of print. It was resurrected in the 1950s, when members of the growing women's movement recognized its importance. Kelly McGillis narrates this profile of the author, and JoBeth Williams reads passages from Chopin's fiction. [cc]

Rating: [TV-G] (General Audience)

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First aired: Tuesday, December 31, 2002 (excluding any air dates prior to June 1999)


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