The Story of an Hour Connections and Further Reading
by Kate Chopin

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Media Adaptations

(Short Stories for Students)

"The Story of an Hour," was adapted in 1985 into a 56-minute long video, Kate Chopin: The Joy That Kills, available through Films for the Humanities & Sciences.

An audio cassette of ''The Story of an Hour'' is available through Books in Motion (1992).


(Comprehensive Guide to Short Stories, Critical Edition)

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)


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.

Contains a useful introduction and previously published criticism of Chopin's work, both positive and negative.