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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 This edition of the story is accompanied by a generous selection of cultural and historical documents, among them: excerpts from 19th- century advice manuals for young women and mothers; medical texts discussing the nature of women's sexuality; social reform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: 9780312132927
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 1/15/1998
  • Series: Bedford Cultural Editions Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 377
  • Lexile: 1390L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.57 (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

PART I. THE YELLOW WALLPAPER: THE COMPLETE TEXT

Introduction: Cultural and Historical Background

Chronology of Gilman's Life and Times

The Yellow Wallpaper [1892 New England Magazine Edition]

PART II. THE YELLOW WALLPAPER: CULTURAL CONTEXTS

1. Conduct Literature and Motherhood Manuals
Catharine Beecher, From A Treatise on Domestic Economy
Susan Power, From The Ugly-Girl Papers
Julia and Annie Thomas, From Psycho-Physical Culture
Marion Harland, "What Shall We Do with the Mothers?"
Margaret E. Sangster, From Winsome Womanhood: Familiar Talks on Life and Conduct
Frances E. Willard, From How to Win: A Book for Girls
William Acton, From The Function and Disorder of the Reproductive Organs

2. Invalid Women
S. Weir Mitchell, From Wear and Tear, or Hints for the Overworked
S. Weir Mitchell, "Nervousness and Its Influence on Character"
S. Weir Mitchell, "The Evolution of the Rest Cure"
Prudence B. Sauer, From Maternity: A Book for Every Wife and Mother
John Harvey Kellogg, From The Household Monitor of Health
John Harvey Kellogg, From The Ladies' Guide in Health and Disease
Alfred Meadows, "Puerperal Mania"
Fordyce Barker, From The Puerperal Diseases

3. Sexuality, Race, and Social Control
1873 Comstock Law
Anthony Comstock, From Traps for the Young
Theodore Roosevelt, Address to the National Congress of Mothers, March, 1905
Edward Alsworth Ross, From "The Causes of Race Superiority"
George M. Beard, From American Nervousness
A. J. Bloch, From "Sexual Perversion in the Female"
Havelock Ellis, From "Sexual Inversion in Women"
Richard von Krafft-Ebing, From Psychopathia Sexualis
Lester Frank Ward, From Pure Sociology
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, "Parasitism and Civilised Vice"

4. Movements for Social Change
Angela Heywood, Selections from The Word
Edward Bellamy, From Looking Backward: 2000-1887
Thorstein Veblen, From The Theory of the Leisure Class
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, From Women and Economics
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, "Think Husbands Aren't Mainstays"
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, "Dr. Clair's Place"
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, From The Living of Charlotte Perkins Gilman

5. Literary Responses and Literary Culture
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, "Why I Wrote The Yellow Wallpaper?"
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, On the Reception of "The Yellow Wallpaper"
William Dean Howells, From Criticism and Fiction
Henry James, From The Notebooks
Alice James, From The Diary of Alice James
Kate Chopin, The Story of an Hour

Selected Bibliography

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2011

    Intriguing short story

    This is one of my absolute favorite short stories! I love following the narrator on her slow decline to insanity as she obsesses about the yellow wallpaper...

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    A True Horror Story

    I had forgotten about this story, which I read many years ago and loved. It is a masterpiece of psychological horror. Will probably dream of yellow wallpaper and a creeping woman tonight! *shudder*

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2013

    Madness

    There are some really good stories about the descent into madness. This is one of them. A relly fun story that gets you to thepoint quickly. Not a long novel. A short story that packs a big punch.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2014

    Not my cup of tea

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2013

    Nope

    Strange. Not worth rereading

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2013

    AHS

    I only read this because it was referenced in American Horror Story, season one. Short story, very weird and written great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2012

    Love to read

    I read this short story in Lit class in college this past semester. It was amazing! Will not spoil it for those who have not read it, but I am glad the wife found an escape, of sorts. Look onYouTube, there is a video of this as well but watch it after you have read the story!


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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2012

    Short...but GREAT

    Very well-written!

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  • Posted June 27, 2011

    Not sure

    I read this i english I honors class and it was weird. Twisted, but worth 99 cents i guess

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  • Posted April 1, 2011

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    fast read

    it was a fast read, lost me a few times, glad i read it, was enteresting enuf

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2003

    a master piece....im not so sure

    i appreciated this book but never actually enjoyed it. the metaphor of the wall paper was very clever and abstract and it captured my attention, but in retrospect on a whole it was not very interesting in terms of it being a book and suposidly having a plot. i wouldnt be able to read it for pleasure and take it superficially as a story because i dont feel it is one. It expresses mental illness in an extremely unique manner and gives you the perspective of an outsider but lacks substance. I was thankfull it is only 30 pages long and even the narative doesntly sway me. But i supose it has to be taken into considersation that not only am i not in the era it was written in, or perhaps the target audience, but more importanly have never experienced post traumatic stress or marital repression, so should i have enjoyed it?or should any one? It seems to sum up the authours feelings briliantly (i discovered that this was written from experience)and express how helpless she felt, but not the kind of book you would read casually.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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