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by Kate Chopin

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Beer, Janet. Kate Chopin, Edith Wharton, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman: Studies in Short Fiction. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1997.

Beer, Janet, and Elizabeth Nolan, eds. Kate Chopin’s “The Awakening”: A Sourcebook. New York: Routledge, 2004.

Bonner, Thomas, Jr. The Kate Chopin Companion. New York: Greenwood Press, 1988.

Boren, Lynda S., and Sara de Saussure Davis, eds. Kate Chopin Reconsidered: Beyond the Bayou. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1992.

Koloski, Bernard. Kate Chopin: A Study of the Short Fiction. New York: Twayne, 1996.

Petry, Alice Hall, ed. Critical Essays on Kate Chopin. New York: G. K. Hall, 1996.

Skaggs, Peggy. Kate Chopin. Boston: Twayne, 1985.

Stein, Allen F. Women and Autonomy in Kate Chopin’s Short Fiction. New York: Peter Lang, 2005.

Taylor, Helen. Gender, Race, and Religion in the Writings of Grace King, Ruth McEnery Stuart, and Kate Chopin. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1989.

Toth, Emily. Kate Chopin. New York: William Morrow, 1990.

Toth, Emily. Unveiling Kate Chopin. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1999.

Bibliography and Further Reading

(Short Stories for Students)


Arner, Robert D. ‘‘Pride and Prejudice: Kate Chopin's ‘Désirée's Baby,’’’ in Mississippi Quarterly, Vol. 25, No. 2, Spring 1972, pp. 131-40.

Ewell, Barbara. Kate Chopin. Ungar Publishing, 1986.

Pattee, Fred Lewis. ‘‘The Revolt of the ‘Nineties,’’’ in The Development of the American Short Story: A Historical Survey. Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1923, pp. 309-36.

Rankin, Daniel. Kate Chopin and Her Creole Stories. University of Pennsylvania Press, 1932.

Review in Nation, June 28, 1894, p. 488.

Review of Bayou Folk, by Kate Chopin, in Atlantic Monthly, April 1894, pp. 558-59.

Skaggs, Peggy. Kate Chopin. Twayne Publishers, 1985.

Toth, Emily. Kate Chopin, A Life of the Author of ‘The Awakening.’ William Morrow and Company, 1990.

Wolff, Cynthia Griffin. ‘‘Kate Chopin and the Fiction of Limits: ‘Désirée's Baby,’’’ in Southern Literary Journal, Vol. 10, No. 2, 1978, pp. 123-33.

Further Reading

Bannon, Lois Elmer. Magnolia Mound: A Louisiana River Plantation. Firebird Press, 1984. This book examines plantation life and the economic system of slavery in the old South.

Bloom, Harold, ed. Kate Chopin, Modern Critical Views. Chelsea House, 1987. This volume is a collection of critical essays on Chopin.

Jones, Anne Goodwyn. Tomorrow Is Another Day: The Woman Writer in the South, 1859-1936. Louisiana State University Press, 1981. This work features a discussion of important southern women writers.

Saxon, Lyle. Old Louisiana. Pelican Publishing Company. The main emphasis of this work is life in the old South.

Seyersted, Per. Kate Chopin: A Critical Biography. Louisiana State University Press, 1969. This book is one of the earliest full-length critical works on Chopin, which helped lead to her ‘‘rediscovery.’’

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