The Yellow Wallpaper

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman was America's leading feminist intellectual of the early twentieth century. The Yellow Wall-Paper and Other Stories makes available the fullest selection of her short fiction ever printed. In addition to her pioneering masterpiece, "The Yellow Wall-Paper" (1890), which draws on her own experience of depression and insanity, this edition features her Impress 'story studies', works in the manner of writers such as James, Twain, and Kipling.

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Overview

Charlotte Perkins Gilman was America's leading feminist intellectual of the early twentieth century. The Yellow Wall-Paper and Other Stories makes available the fullest selection of her short fiction ever printed. In addition to her pioneering masterpiece, "The Yellow Wall-Paper" (1890), which draws on her own experience of depression and insanity, this edition features her Impress 'story studies', works in the manner of writers such as James, Twain, and Kipling.

These stories, together with other fiction from her neglected California period (1890-5), throw new light on Gilman as a practitioner of the art of fiction. In her Forerunner stories she repeatedly explores the situation of the 'woman of fifty' and inspires reform by imagining workable solutions to a range of personal and social problems.

The introduction to this edition places Gilman in the cultural and historical context of the American divided self, her Beecher heritage, and her contribution to the female Gothic.

A woman gradually suffers a mental breakdown as a result of confinement and denial of her creative energies by her husband.

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Gilman's short story "The Yellow Wallpaper" was first published in 1892; since its republication in 1973, it has entered the canon of American literature and generated extensive critical commentary. This edition of the story is accompanied by a generous selection of cultural and historical documents, among them: excerpts from 19th- century advice manuals for young women and mothers; medical texts discussing the nature of women's sexuality; social reform literature concerning women's rights, the working classes, and immigration; and excerpts from periodicals, diaries, and writers' notebooks. Distributed by St. Martin's Press. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486298573
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 7/11/1997
  • Series: Dover Thrift Editions Series
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 195,004
  • Product dimensions: 5.27 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Charlotte Perkins Gilman was born on July 3, 1860, in Hartford, Connecticut. She published her best-known short story "The Yellow Wall-Paper" in 1892. One of her greatest works of non-fiction, Women and Economics, was published in 1898. Along with writing books, she established a magazine, The Forerunner, which was published from 1909 to 1916.
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Table of Contents

About the Series
About This Volume
List of Illustrations
Pt. 1 The Yellow Wallpaper: The Complete Text 1
Introduction: Cultural and Historical Background 3
Chronology of Gilman's Life and Times 29
A Note on the Text 40
The Yellow Wallpaper [1892 New England Magazine Edition] 41
Pt. 2 The Yellow Wallpaper: Cultural Contexts 61
1 Conduct Literature and Motherhood Manuals 63
A Treatise on Domestic Economy 65
The Ugly-Girl Papers 74
Psycho-Physical Culture 90
"What Shall We Do with the Mothers?" 95
Winsome Womanhood: Familiar Talks on Life and Conduct 102
How to Win: A Book for Girls 110
The Functions and Disorders of the Reproductive Organs 120
2 Invalid Women 130
Wear and Tear, or Hints for the Overworked 133
"Nervousness and Its Influence on Character" 142
"The Evolution of the Rest Treatment" 144
Maternity; A Book for Every Wife and Mother 150
The Household Monitor of Health 155
The Ladies' Guide in Health and Disease 157
"Puerperal Mania" 173
The Puerperal Diseases 180
3 Sexuality, Race, and Social Control 189
1873 Comstock Law 192
Traps for the Young 195
Address to the National Congress of Mothers, March 13, 1905 203
"The Causes of Race Superiority" 210
American Nervousness 214
"Sexual Perversion in the Female 229
"Sexual Inversion in Women" 236
Psychopathia Sexualis 247
Pure Sociology 252
"Parasitism and Civilised Vice" 259
4 Movements for Social Change 278
The Word 281
Looking Backward: 2000-1887 286
Twenty Years at Hull-House 297
Theory of the Leisure Class 311
Women and Economics 317
"Think Husbands Aren't Mainstays" 325
"Dr. Clair's Place" 327
The Living of Charlotte Perkins Gilman 334
5 Literary Responses and Literary Culture 345
"Why I Wrote The Yellow Wallpaper?" 347
On the Reception of "The Yellow Wallpaper" 349
Criticism and Fiction 352
The Notebooks 362
The Diary of Alice James 364
"The Story of an Hour" 366
Selected Bibliography 370
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2012

    Disappointed that this e-book is not free! It is on Amazon :(

    Disappointed that this e-book is not free! It is on Amazon :(

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  • Posted February 2, 2011

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    amazing!

    this is one of the best short stories i've ever read. we read it in my women's lit class senior year and i was completely enamored with it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2007

    Wonderful book of short stories

    I usually prefer novels and I feel like short stories are too short but this book of short stories was the exception. For the first story alone- Yellow Wallpaper- it's worth it to read this book. It definitely leaves an after taste sort of the way you feel the first time you read The Lottery. I still sometimes think about this story.

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    Great book...this is one book I think every woman and man needs

    Great book...this is one book I think every woman and man needs to read. It is very short but the lesson/message is simply amazing...

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    Never fails to "wow" me

    I keep coming back to this one over and over - you can't go wrong.

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