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Donna M. Campbell Amlit: Authors

Chopin, Kate

Kate Chopin (February 8,1850-August 22,1904)

Kate Chopin

Kate Chopin: Bibliography of Secondary Sources

“Desiree’s Baby”: Selected Secondary Bibliography

At Fault: Secondary Bibliography

The Awakening: Secondary Bibliography

Reading questions for “The Story of an Hour”

The Kate Chopin Society site includes information about Chopin’s stories, links to trustworthy online versions of Chopin’s works, bibliographies, news about publications and conference panels on Chopin, and a Frequently Asked Questions feature. It’s designed to be useful for both scholars and students, and it is maintained by scholars on Chopin. From Bernard Koloski, the site owner: “If you visit the site, you’ll see that we have pages devoted to both of Kate Chopin’s novels and to her most popular short stories. Each of those pages includes information about the work’s composition, its publication, its setting, its characters, and how to find a copy of the work on line and in print. Each page includes frequently asked questions about the work and has an address where visitors can email us their own questions, which we try to answer in a day or two. And each page concludes with an extensive, up to date list of books and articles that may be useful for students and scholars–as well as guidance for choosing a reliable text of the work.Our site also has pages devoted to Kate Chopin biography, a page of general and specialized questions and answers, and a page of news and announcements, including information on how scholars might submit a paper about Kate Chopin for conferences.”

A free podcast of Kate Chopin’s stories being read aloud is available on iTunes.


Noted Kate Chopin scholar Prof. Barbara Ewell’s essay “Changing Places: Women and the Old South” Biographical Sketch (from The Encyclopedia of Southern Culture)

Biographical sketch and photograph of Chopin’s home at The Literary Traveler, which also provides short contemporary essays about  the homes of other American writers.

Kate Chopin House Museum includes pictures and a brief biographical sketch.

Hypertext study version of “The Story of an Hour” by Prof. Ann Woodlief of VCU.  See also the related student site on The Awakening, which includes .midi files of the Frederic Chopin preludes played by Mlle. Reisz.

Kate Chopin: A Reawakening.  This PBS site includes a transcript from the program on Kate Chopin, which aired on June 23, 1999.
Harriet J. Bouman’s teaching resources on French Creoles in Louisiana at the Yale-New Haven Teachers’ Institute

Teaching resources file on Kate Chopin includes extensive links for educators.

“Kate Chopin: A Woman ahead of her Time”: class project with pictures, biographical sketch, and links.(Note: This site has lots of pop-up ads.)

Works Available Online

“The Story of an Hour” (1894)
“A Pair of Silk Stockings “
Desiree’s Baby (in collection with other stories) 
Desiree’s Baby (this story only)
“Regret,” Century 50 (n.s. 28) (May 1895): 147-49.  (Page images at MOA) 
“Ozeme’s Holiday,”  Century 52 (n.s.30) (Aug. 1896): 629-31 (Page images at MOA) 
“I Opened All the Portals Wide” (poem; Century 58 (July 1899): 361-362 (Page images at MOA) 
“Tante Cat’rinette” Atlantic 74 (September 1894): 368-373. (Page images at MOA)

The Awakening 

Bayou Folk (1894) at the University of North Carolina includes the following stories:

A Night in Acadie (1897) at the University of North Carolina contains the following stories: