From the short story: "There would be no one to live for her during those coming years; she would live for herself. There would be no powerful will bending hers in that blind persistence with which men and women believe they have a right to impose a private will upon a fellow-creature."
When Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour" was written and published
It was written on April 19, 1894, and first published in Vogue on December 6, 1894, under the title "The Dream of an Hour." It was reprinted in St. Louis Life on January 5, 1895.
Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour" on line and in print
On line you can read the story here.
In print you can find "The Story of an Hour" in The Complete Works of Kate Chopin, in the Penguin Classics edition of Chopin's A Vocation and a Voice, and in the Library of American Literature Kate Chopin volume, as well as in other paperback and hardcover books. For publication information about these books, see the section "For students and scholars" near the bottom of this page.
"The Story of an Hour" characters
* Louise Mallard
* Brently Mallard: husband of Louise
* Josephine: sister of Louise
* Richards; friend of Brently Mallard
"The Story of an Hour" time and place
The story is set in the late nineteenth century in the home of Louise Mallard. More about the location is not specified.
Frequently asked questions about "The Story of an Hour"
Q: Is it true that this is Kate Chopin's most popular story?
A: It may be true. The story certainly appears in a great many anthologies these days. From 1929 to about 1970, "Désirée's Baby" was the best known of Chopin's works, praised by critics and often reprinted. When the Complete Works of Kate Chopin was published in 1969, "The Storm"—unknown until that time—became famous almost over night, as did "The Story of an Hour." Today "Désirée's Baby," "The Story of an Hour," and "The Storm" are heavily discussed by scholars and regularly read in...
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