Herland, the Yellow Wall-Paper, and Selected Writings

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A new collection of fiction and poetry from a major voice in American feminism and literature

Charlotte Perkins Gilman was a turn-of-the-century American feminist and socialist thinker. In her works of fiction, Gilman sought to illustrate her ideas about the way American society squandered the talents and economic contributions of women. Based on the nervous breakdown she suffered during her own disastrous first marriage, The Yellow Wall-Paper...
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A new collection of fiction and poetry from a major voice in American feminism and literature

Charlotte Perkins Gilman was a turn-of-the-century American feminist and socialist thinker. In her works of fiction, Gilman sought to illustrate her ideas about the way American society squandered the talents and economic contributions of women. Based on the nervous breakdown she suffered during her own disastrous first marriage, The Yellow Wall-Paper is her classic story about a woman who goes mad when the rest-cure treatment she undergoes forbids her any kind of work.

Herland, Gilman's most famous novel, is a feminist utopian comedy in which three men stumble upon a society of women that has banished men. Also included in this Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics edition is a selection of Gilman's poetry and other short fiction. Gilman scholar Denise D. Knight has written an enlightening Introduction that explores Gilman's use of the utopian form, satire, and fantasy to provide a critique of women's place in society and to propose creative solutions.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Suggestions for Further Reading
A Note on the Texts
Herland 1
The Unexpected 147
The Giant Wistaria 154
An Extinct Angel 163
The Yellow Wall-Paper 166
The Rocking-Chair 183
Through This 194
The Boys and The Butter 198
Mrs. Beazley's Deeds 207
Turned 221
Old Water 231
Making a Change 239
Mrs. Elder's Idea 247
The Chair of English 255
Bee Wise 263
His Mother 272
Dr. Clair's Place 280
Joan's Defender 289
The Vintage 297
The Unnatural Mother 305
One Girl of Many 315
In Duty Bound 318
On the Pawtuxet 319
She Walketh Veiled and Sleeping 320
An Obstacle 321
Similar Cases 323
A Conservative 327
A Moonrise 329
Too Much 330
To the Young Wife 331
Birth 333
Seeking 335
Closed Doors 336
The Purpose 338
Locked Inside 339
The Artist 340
More Females of the Species 341
Matriatism 343
Explanatory and Textual Notes 345
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