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The Story of an Hour

by Kate Chopin

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Media Adaptations

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"The Story of an Hour" was adapted into a 56-minute video in 1985, titled Kate Chopin: The Joy That Kills. This adaptation can be found through Films for the Humanities & Sciences.

An audio cassette of "The Story of an Hour" is also available, released by Books in Motion in 1992.


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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

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Bender, Bert, "Kate Chopin's Lyrical Short Stories," Studies in Short Fiction, Vol XI, no. 3, Summer 1974, pp. 257-66.

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

Larsson, Donald F., "Kate Chopin," in Magill's Critical Survey of Short Fiction, edited by Frank N. Magill, Salem Press, 1981, pp. 1131-36.

Pattee, Fred Lewis, "The Triumph of the Short Story," in his A History of American Literature Since 1870, Cooper Square Publishers, 1968, pp. 355-84.

Seyersted, Per, Kate Chopin: A Critical Biography, Louisiana State University Press, 1969.

Further Reading

Twentieth-Century Literature Criticism, Vol. 14, Gale Research, 1984.

This volume offers a helpful introduction along with previously published critiques of Chopin's work, showcasing both favorable and unfavorable perspectives.

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Historical and Social Context