Dolores Claiborne

Dolores Claiborne
Dolores Claiborne  
First edition cover
Author(s) Stephen King
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Psychological thriller
Publisher Viking
Publication date November 1992
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 305
ISBN 978-0670844524
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.

The book is dedicated to King's mother: "For my mother, Ruth Pillsbury King."


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, after finding out that he sexually molested their fifteen year old daughter, Selena. Dolores' "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 vision.

Film, TV or theatrical adaptations

An unabridged audio book version of Dolores Claiborne, read by Frances Sternhagen is available, as downloadable mp3, CD and cassette format.

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

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


See also

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

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