Kate Chopin was born on February 8, 1850, in St. Louis, Missouri. Among her more than 100 short stories are “Désirée’s Baby” and “Madame Celestin’s Divorce.” The Awakening (1899), a realistic novel about the sexual and artistic awakening of a young mother who abandons her family, was initially condemned for its sexual frankness but was later acclaimed. Much of Chopin’s life was defined by the deaths of those close to her. Kate Chopin biography and profile.
Stephen King was born on September 21, 1947 in Portland, Maine, to Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. Stephen made his first professional short story sale (“The Glass Floor”) to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967. Stephen is the 2003 recipient of The National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters and the 2014 National Medal of Arts. Stephen Edwin King Biography and Profile.
James Baldwin was born 2 August 1924, New York City, an essayist, playwright and novelist regarded as a highly insightful, iconic writer with works like The Fire Next Time and Another Country. James Baldwin published the 1953 novel Go Tell It on the Mountain, going on to garner acclaim for his insights on race, spirituality and humanity. Baldwin’s writing career began in the last years of legislated segregation; his fame as a social observer grew in tandem with the civil rights movement as he mirrored blacks’ aspirations, disappointments, and coping strategies in a hostile society. Read James Arthur Baldwin Biography and Profile.