“The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin

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Today, Kate Chopin (1850–1904), is recognised as one of America’s essential authors. She has been credited with introducing the modern feminist literary movement. The Encyclopaeida Britannica (2019) writes  that she foreshadowed feminist themes which emerged later in literature. You can read more about her as well as her short stories as KateChopin.org.

Kate Chopin wrote  “The Story of an Hour”  in 1894, and although more than a century has passed the situation in the story is not unheard of in today’s world. You can find the story online at americanliterature.com.

For listening to the story I recommend the recording “The Story of an Hour” read by Heather Ordover, which is a  Librivox recording and in the Public Domain.

Read (and/or listen) then consider what really happened in the story and more importantly why?

The short story is also featured in the textbook Core 2 (Gustafsson et al., 2009, pp. 146-153), including discussion and writing tasks, which can be found online at smakprov.se


Chopin, K. (1894). The Story of an Hour.

Gustafsson, J., Hjorth, M. & Kinrade, E. (2009). Core English 2.  Stockholm: Bonnier utbildning.

Toth, Emily. (2017). “Kate Chopin ‘The Story of an Hour.’” KateChopin.org.

The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica (February 14, 2016) “Kate Chopin” in Encyclopædia Britannica: Encyclopædia Britannica, inc.

This post was edited and updated 2019-03-18