This listing shows when Kate Chopin wrote each of her short stories and when and where each was first published.

Most of the stories appeared in magazines and newspapers during Chopin’s lifetime. Some appeared for the first time in one of Chopin’s two published collections of stories:

Bayou Folk, published by Houghton Mifflin Company in 1894.

Illustration for “Aunt Lympy’s Interference” by Kate Chopin, cover art for the Youth’s Companion, August 12, 1897

A Night in Acadie, published by Way & Williams in 1897.

Two stories were syndicated by the American Press Association. And some first appeared in one of these three books or the journal after Chopin’s death:

Kate Chopin and Her Creole Stories, by Daniel Rankin. U of Pennsylvania P, 1932.

“Kate Chopin: An Important St. Louis Writer Reconsidered,” by Per Seyersted. Missouri Historical Society Bulletin, vol. XIX, Jan. 1963, pp. 89–114.

The Complete Works of Kate Chopin, edited by Per Seyersted. Louisiana State UP, 1969.

 A Kate Chopin Miscellany, edited by Per Seyersted and Emily Toth. Northwestern State UP, 1979.

In addition to her short stories and her two novels, Kate Chopin wrote and published essays and poems. You can find composition and publication information for those in Per Seyersted, editor. The Complete Works of Kate Chopin. Louisiana State UP, 1969, pp. 1029–1032.

This listing of short stories draws upon data in the books and the article above and in Sandra M. Gilbert, editor. Kate Chopin: Complete Novels and Stories. Library of America, 2002.

The stories here are listed in the order Chopin wrote them. You’ll notice that many appeared in print shortly after their composition, but some were published much later. You can click on the red links for more information about those stories.

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“Emancipation. A Life Fable.” Written late 1869 or early 1870. Published in “Kate Chopin: An Important St. Louis Writer Reconsidered,” 1963.

“Wiser Than a God.” Written June 1889. Published in the Philadelphia Musical Journal, December 1889.

“A Point at Issue.” Written August 1889. Published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, October 27, 1889; subtitled “A Story of Love and Reason in Which Love Triumphs.”

“Miss Witherwell’s Mistake.” Written November 1889. Published in Fashion and Fancy, St. Louis, February 1891.

“With the Violin.” Written December 11, 1889. Published in Spectator, St. Louis, December 6, 1890; subtitled “A Christmas Sketch.

“Mrs. Mobry’s Reason.” Written January 10, 1891. Published in the New Orleans Times-Democrat, April 23, 1893.

“A No-Account Creole.” Originally written in 1888, rewritten January 24–February 24, 1891. Published in the Century, January 1894, and Bayou Folk.

“For Marse Chouchoute.” Written March 14, 1891. Published in the Youth’s Companion, Aug. 20, 1891, and Bayou Folk.

“The Going Away of Liza.” Written April 4, 1891. Syndicated by the American Press Association, December 1892, as “The Christ Light.”

“The Maid of Saint Phillippe.” Written April 19, 1891. Published in Short Stories, New York, November 1892.

“A Wizard from Gettysburg.” Written May 25, 1891. Published in the Youth’s Companion, July 7, 1892, and Bayou Folk.

“A Shameful Affair.” Written June 5 and 7, 1891. Published in the New Orleans Times-Democrat, April 9, 1893.

“A Rude Awakening.” Written July 13, 1891. Published in the Youth’s Companion, February 2, 1893, and Bayou Folk.

“A Harbinger.” Written September 11, 1891. Published in St. Louis Magazine, November 1, 1891.

“Doctor Chevalier’s Lie.” Written September 12, 1891. Published in Vogue, October 5, 1893.

“A Very Fine Fiddle.” Written September 13, 1891. Published in Harper’s Young People, November 24, 1891, and Bayou Folk.

“Boulôt and Boulotte.” Written September 20, 1891. Published in Harper’s Young People, December 8, 1891, and Bayou Folk.

“Love on the Bon-Dieu.” Written October 3, 1891. Published in Two Tales, Boston, July 23, 1892, and Bayou Folk.

“An Embarrassing Position.” Written October 15–22, 1891. Published in the Mirror, St. Louis, December 19, 1895.

“Beyond the Bayou.” Written November 7, 1891. Published in the Youth’s Companion, June 15, 1893, and Bayou Folk.

“After the Winter.” Written December 31, 1891. Published in the New Orleans Times-Democrat, April 5, 1896, and A Night in Acadie.

“The Bênitous’ Slave.” Written January 7, 1892. Published in Harper’s Young People, February 16, 1892, and Bayou Folk.

“A Turkey Hunt.” Written January 8, 1892. Published in Harper’s Young People, February 16, 1892, and Bayou Folk.

Old Aunt Peggy.” Written January 8, 1892. Published in Bayou Folk.

“The Lilies.” Written January 27–28,1892. Published in Wide Awake, April 1893, and A Night in Acadie.

“Ripe Figs.” Written February 26, 1892. Published in Vogue, August 19, 1893, and A Night in Acadie.

“Croque-Mitaine.” Written February 27, 1892. Published in “Kate Chopin: An Important St. Louis Writer Reconsidered,” 1963.

“A Little Free-Mulatto.” Written February 28, 1892. Published in “Kate Chopin: An Important St. Louis Writer Reconsidered,” 1963.

“Miss McEnders.” Written March 7, 1892. Published in Criterion, St. Louis, March 6, 1897, under the pen name “La Tour.”

“Loka.” Written April 9–10, 1892. Published in the Youth’s Companion, December 22, 1892, and Bayou Folk.

“At the ’Cadian Ball.” Written July 15–17, 1892. Published in Two Tales, Boston, October 22, 1892, and Bayou Folk.

“A Visit to Avoyelles.” Written August 1, 1892. Published in Vogue, January 14, 1893, and Bayou Folk.

“Ma’ame Pélagie.” Written August 27–28, 1892. Published in the New Orleans Times-Democrat, December 24, 1893, and Bayou Folk.

“Désirée’s Baby.” Written November 24, 1892. Published in Vogue, January 14, 1893, and Bayou Folk.

“Caline.” Written December 2, 1892. Published in Vogue, May 20, 1893, and A Night in Acadie.

“The Return of Alcibiade.” Written December 5–6, 1892. Published in St. Louis Life, December 17, 1892, and Bayou Folk.

“In and Out of Old Natchitoches.” Written February 1–3, 1893. Published in Two Tales, Boston, April 8, 1893, and Bayou Folk.

“Mamouche.” Written February 24–25, 1893. Published in the Youth’s Companion, April 19, 1894, and A Night in Acadie.

“Madame Célestin’s Divorce.” Written May 24–25, 1893. Published in Bayou Folk.

“An Idle Fellow.” Written June 9, 1893. Published in the Complete Works, 1969.

“A Matter of Prejudice.” Written June 17–18, 1893. Published in the Youth’s Companion, September 25, 1895, and A Night in Acadie.

“Azélie.” Written July 22–23, 1893. Published in the Century, December 1894, and A Night in Acadie.

“A Lady of Bayou St. John.” Written August 24–25, 1893. Published in Vogue, September 21, 1893, and Bayou Folk.

“La Belle Zoraïde.” Written September 21, 1893. Published in Vogue, January 4, 1894, and Bayou Folk.

“At Chênière Caminada.” Written October 21–23, 1893. Published in the New Orleans Times-Democrat, December 23, 1894, and A Night in Acadie.

“A Gentleman of Bayou Têche.” Written November 5–7, 1893. Published in Bayou Folk.

“In Sabine.” Written November 20–22, 1893. Published in Bayou Folk.

“A Respectable Woman.” Written January 20, 1894. Published in Vogue, February 15, 1894, and A Night in Acadie.

“Tante Cat’rinette.” Written February 23, 1894. Published in the Atlantic Monthly, September, 1894, and A Night in Acadie.

“A Dresden Lady in Dixie.” Written March 6, 1894. Published in Catholic Home Journal, March 3, 1895, and A Night in Acadie.

“The Story of an Hour.” Written April 19, 1894. Published in Vogue, December 6, 1894, as “The Dream of an Hour.”

“Lilacs.” Written May 14–16, 1894. Published in the New Orleans Times-Democrat, December 20, 1896.

“The Night Came Slowly.” Written July 24, 1894. Published in Moods, Philadelphia, July, 1895, as “A Scrap and a Sketch.”

“Juanita.” Written July 26, 1894. Published in Moods Philadelphia, July, 1895, as “A Scrap and a Sketch.”

“Cavanelle.” Written July 31–August 6, 1894. Published in American Jewess, April, 1895, and A Night in Acadie.

“Regret.” Written September 17, 1894. Published in the Century, May, 1895, and A Night in Acadie.

“The Kiss.” Written September 19, 1894. Published in Vogue, January 17, 1895.

“Ozème’s Holiday.” Written September 23–24, 1894. Published in the Century, August, 1896, and A Night in Acadie.

“A Sentimental Soul.” Written November 18–22, 1894. Published in the New Orleans Times-Democrat, December 22, 1895, and A Night in Acadie.

“Her Letters,” Written November 29, 1894. Published in Vogue, April 11, 18, 1895.

“Odalie Misses Mass.” Written January 28, 1895. Published in the Shreveport Times, July 1, 1895, and A Night in Acadie.

“Polydore.” Written February 17, 1895. Published in the Youth’s Companion, April 23, 1896, and A Night in Acadie.

“Dead Men’s Shoes.” Written February 21–22, 1895. Published in Independent, New York, February 11, 1897, and A Night in Acadie.

“Athénaïse.” Written April 10–28, 1895. Published in Atlantic Monthly, August and September, 1896, and A Night in Acadie.

“Two Summers and Two Souls.” Written July 14, 1895. Published in Vogue, August 7, 1895, and St. Louis Life, August 24, 1895.

“The Unexpected.” Written July 18, 1895. Published in Vogue, September 18, 1895, and St. Louis Life, November 2, 1895.

“Two Portraits.” Written August 4, 1895. Published in Kate Chopin and Her Creole Stories, 1932.

“Fedora.” Written November 19, 1895. Published in Criterion, St. Louis, February 20, 1897, under the pen name “La Tour.”

“Vagabonds.” Written December 2, 1895. Published in Kate Chopin and Her Creole Stories, 1932.

“Madame Martel’s Christmas Eve” Written January 16–18, 1896. Published in The Complete Works of Kate Chopin, 1969.

“The Recovery.” Written February 1896. Published in Vogue, May 21, 1896.

“A Night in Acadie.” Written March 1896. Published in A Night in Acadie.

“A Pair of Silk Stockings.” Written April 1896. Published in Vogue, September 16, 1897.

“Nég Créol.” Written April 1896. Published in Atlantic Monthly, July, 1897, and A Night in Acadie.

“Aunt Lympy’s Interference.” Written June 1896. Published in the Youth’s Companion, August 12, 1897.

“The Blind Man.” Written July 1896. Published in Vogue, May 13, 1897.

“Ti Frère.” Written September 1896. Published in A Kate Chopin Miscellany, 1979.

“A Vocation and a Voice.” Written November 1896. Published in the Mirror, St. Louis, March 27, 1902.

“A Mental Suggestion.” Written December 1896. Published in The Complete Works of Kate Chopin, 1969.

“Suzette.” Written February 1897. Published in Vogue, October 21, 1897.

“The Locket.” Written March 1897. Published in The Complete Works of Kate Chopin, 1969.

“A Morning Walk.” Written April 1897. Published in Criterion, St. Louis, April 17, 1897, as “An Easter Day Conversion.”

“An Egyptian Cigarette.” Written April 1897. Published in Vogue, April 19, 1900.

“A Family Affair,” Written Decembe, 1897. Syndicated by the American Press Association and published in Saturday Evening Post, September 9, 1899.

“Elizabeth Stock’s One Story.” Written March 1898. Published in “Kate Chopin: An Important St. Louis Writer Reconsidered,” 1963.

“A Horse Story.” Written March 1898. Published in A Kate Chopin Miscellany.

“The Storm.” Written July 19, 1898. Published in The Complete Works of Kate Chopin, 1969.

“The Godmother.” Written January–February 6, 1899. Published in the Mirror, St. Louis, December 12, 1901.

“A Little Country Girl.” Written February 11, 1899. Published in The Complete Works of Kate Chopin, 1969.

“A Reflection.” Written November 1899. Published in Kate Chopin and Her Creole Stories, 1932.

“Ti Démon.” Written November 1899. Published in The Complete Works of Kate Chopin, 1969.

“A December Day in Dixie.” Written January 1900. Published in part in Kate Chopin and Her Creole Stories, 1932.

“The Gentleman from New Orleans.” Written February 6, 1900. Published in The Complete Works of Kate Chopin, 1969.

“Charlie.” Written April 1900. Published in The Complete Works of Kate Chopin, 1969.

“The White Eagle.” Written May 9, 1900. Published in Vogue, July 12, 1900.

“Her First Party.” Written October 16, 1901. Published in the Youth’s Companion, March 30, 1905.

“The Wood-Choppers.” Written October 17, 1901. Published in the Youth’s Companion, May 29, 1902.

“Polly.” Written January 14, 1902. Published in the Youth’s Companion, July 3, 1902.

“The Impossible Miss Meadows.” Probably, Per Seyersted notes, written in 1903. Published in The Complete Works of Kate Chopin, 1969.