The Yellow Wallpaper [NOOK Book]

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Through a series of journal entries, a woman records her thoughts and feelings over the course of a summer, shortly after giving birth to her child. Confined to her bedroom on the advice of her husband, a physician, “The Yellow Wallpaper” chronicles the woman’s increasing instability, as she becomes obsessed with the yellow wallpaper covering the walls of her room.

“The Yellow Wallpaper” is considered one of the earliest American feminist works of fiction and is unique for author Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s deft ...

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Through a series of journal entries, a woman records her thoughts and feelings over the course of a summer, shortly after giving birth to her child. Confined to her bedroom on the advice of her husband, a physician, “The Yellow Wallpaper” chronicles the woman’s increasing instability, as she becomes obsessed with the yellow wallpaper covering the walls of her room.

“The Yellow Wallpaper” is considered one of the earliest American feminist works of fiction and is unique for author Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s deft handling of the delicate subject of contemporary attitudes about women’s bodies, emotions, and mental health. The story is considered to be semi-autobiographical, and is based on Gilman’s own experiences with postpartum depression and rest cures.

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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 This edition of the story is accompanied by a generous selection of cultural and historical documents, among them: excerpts from 19th- century advice manuals for young women and mothers; medical texts discussing the nature of women's sexuality; social reform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: 9781443427012
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Canada
  • Publication date: 7/16/2013
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 25
  • Sales rank: 222,773
  • File size: 455 KB

Meet the Author

Charlotte Perkins Gilman was an American sociologist, writer, lecturer, and social reformist. As a child, Gilman was often in the presence of her father’s relatives, notably Isabella Beecher Hooker, a well-known suffragist, and Harriet Beecher Stowe, an abolitionist and author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Many of Gilman’s own works reflect similarly feminist and social reformist perspectives, and in 1909 she established The Forerunner, a magazine that acted as a forum for discussion of these issues. Gilman’s most famous work is “The Yellow Wallpaper,” a semi-autobiographical short story written in response to being put on “rest cure” by a doctor to cure her depression. Gilman’s works also include the poetry collection In This Our World, and the feminist texts Women and Economics and The Home: Its Work and Influence. She died in 1935.

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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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  • Posted April 12, 2012

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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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