Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935) spent an impoverished youth in Rhode Island. After marriage and divorce, she became involved in several feminist and reformist organizations while living in California in the 1890s. She supported herself through writing and editing. Her utopian novel, HERLAND, appeared in serialized form in 1915. It was not published in book form until 1979.
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilmanby Charlotte Perkins Gilman
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THE YELLOW WALLPAPER is the story of the descent into madness of a woman suffering from a "temporary nervous depression — a slight hysterical tendency." Hints throughout the story suggest the woman's problem is the recent birth of her child, insinuating postpartum depression. Confined in an upstairs room to recuperate by her well-meaning but dictatorial and oblivious husband, the yellow wallpaper in the room becomes the focal point of her growing insanity.
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