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Dolores Claiborne  
First edition cover
Author Stephen King
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Psychological Thriller
Publisher Viking
Publication date November 1992
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 305
ISBN 0670844527
Preceded by Gerald's Game
Followed by Insomnia

Dolores Claiborne is a 1992 psychological thriller novel by Stephen King. The novel is narrated by the title character. Atypically for a King novel, it has no chapters, double-spacing between paragraphs, or other section breaks; thus the text is a single continuous narrative which reads like a transcription of a spoken monologue. It was the best selling novel of 1992 in the United States.


Plot summary

As the story begins, Dolores Claiborne is in a police interrogation and wants to make clear to the police that she did not kill her wealthy employer, an elderly woman named Vera Donovan whom she has looked after for years. She does, however, confess to the murder of her husband, Joe St. George, almost 30 years before. Her "confession" develops into the story of her life, her troubled marriage, and her relationship with her employer.

Unlike many other works by King, there is little focus on the supernatural; the only such event in the book is a psychic vision.

Connection to King's other works

This novel is most closely connected to Gerald's Game, in which it is revealed that main character Jessie Burlingame was sexually abused by her father during a solar eclipse. The same solar eclipse is detailed in Dolores Claiborne, and during the eclipse Dolores has a psychic vision where she sees Jessie being abused. Many years later, Dolores again imagines that Jessie is in danger; assumedly she is seeing the events detailed in Gerald's Game, with Jessie handcuffed to a bed. The two novels were initially conceived to be part of a single volume, titled In the Path of the Eclipse. Later editions of the novel have a foreword that explains the connection between the two.

The novel's fictional Little Tall Island is also the setting for King's screenplay Storm of the Century, which was filmed and broadcast in 1999. In the film, Dolores is referenced during a conversation.

Little Tall Island is the setting of King's short story "Home Delivery". Dolores's daughter Selena is briefly mentioned as being the only writer to have come from the island.

There is also a reference to the town Jerusalem's Lot, as referred to in 'Salem's Lot and the short stories "Jerusalem's Lot" and "One for the Road", when Dolores mentions "that town upstate where they say no one lives".

Shawshank Prison (the setting for Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption) is also referred to several times in the novel.

Dolores pictures Atropos, who is "The little doctor" in Stephen Kings Insomnia

Dolores also talks about the moon being a red eye, refering to the Crimson Kings symbol talked about in The Dark Tower.

Film, TV or theatrical adaptations

Dolores Claiborne was adapted into a 1995 film starring Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Christopher Plummer, David Strathairn and John C. Reilly and directed by Taylor Hackford.

According to King, a London group is currently working on an opera version of the novel.[1]


See also


  1. ^ King's afterword to The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born

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