Stone’s Adaptation of The Awakening
Rereading Robert Stone’s Hollywood novel, Children of Light, thirty-some years after its publication, we were surprised to find a vividly remembered part of the original manuscript missing from the finished book. Had we misremembered? Did we invent a screenplay of Kate Chopin’s famous ur-feminist novel? We went in search of the missing pages and found them in an archive of Stone’s papers. Here we offer the screenplay pages, an accompanying excerpt from Children of Light, the ending of Chopin’s novel, and Stone’s handwritten notes—overall, a rare look into the novelist’s process.