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The Yellow Wall-Paper / Edition 1

The Yellow Wall-Paper / Edition 1

by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Elaine Hedges


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The Yellow Wall-Paper / Edition 1

First published in 1892, The Yellow Wall-Paper is written as the secret journal of a woman who, failing to relish the joys of marriage and motherhood, is sentenced to a country rest cure. Though she longs to write, her husband and doctor forbid it, prescribing instead complete passivity. Narrated with superb psychological and dramatic precision, this short but powerful masterpiece has the heroine create a reality of her own within the hypnotic pattern of the faded yellow wall-paper of her bedroom—a pattern that comes to symbolize her own imprisonment.

This key women's studies text by a pivotal first-wave feminist writer, lecturer, and activist (1860-1935) is reprinted as it first appeared in New England Magazine in 1892, and contains the essential essay on the author's life and work by pioneering Gilman scholar Elaine R. Hedges.

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ISBN-13: 9781558611580
Publisher: Feminist Press at CUNY, The
Publication date: 09/01/1996
Edition description: REVISED
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 506,119
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935) was a feminist writer, lecturer, and activist, and is best known for The Yellow Wall-Paper . Her many other works include the science fiction trilogy Herland and Women and Economics .

Table of Contents

The Yellow Wall Paper

That Rare Jewel

The Unexpected

Circumstances Alter Cases

The Gisnt Wistaria

An Extinct Angel

The Rocking Chair


An Elopement

Through This

This Misleading of Pendleton Oaks

A Day's Berryin'

Five Girls

One Way Out

An Unpatentated Process

An Unnatural Mother

Three Thanksgivings

According to Solomon

The Cottagette

The Widow's Might

The Jumping of Place

In Two Houses


Making a Change

Mrs Elder's Idea

Their House

Her Beauty

Mrs Hines's Money

Bee Wise

A Council of War


A Partnership

If I Were a Man

Mr Peebles's Heart

Mrs Merrill's Duties

Girls and Land

Dr Clair's Place

A Surplus Woman

Joan's Defender

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The Yellow Wall-Paper 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book captivates you more and more with every page flipped worthy of reading after you have read this amazing work of art you will question your own sanity!!i was begging for more once it was over it was super vivid and life-like you almost feel a little INSANE!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Eerie, thought provoking, and disturbing. Sheds a crimson light onto the oppression of women that was prevalent at the time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
drawing,inspiring,aweing,just truly amazing with a sense of reality that makes you fell that your in the wallpaper!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is stunning. I don't know what to say- it's simply moving and stunningly beautiful. Beautiful isn't a good enough word. It's cherishable, itellectualy exquisate. If you dare to read it's depth, you will never breath quite the same way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In Gilman's '' The Yellow Wallpaper'', the main character is an unnamed woman, who is the narrator. After she puts to bed, her husband takes her to a secluded ancient house in the outskirts of her town with the intention to make her get some rest. She lives in a dilapidated upstairs room with barred windows and locked stairways. This causes irritation, agitation, rebellion and anger. She dislikes this because it causes suppression. The unnamed woman is angry because her husband whose name is John does not allow her to carry out her favorite art of writing .This causes a lot of frustration. She looks at her husband's action as suppressive. She questions his actions. Though this, she comes up with no tangible answer. This further creates a spirit of unhappiness. She further looks at the room where she lives as a prison. The room has torn very unattractive yellow wall paper. The windows are barred and the stairway leading to other parts of the house is locked. She is totally confined into an area she hates. She contemplates why her husband had to take such a decision to keep her in such an unpleasant area. Since she dislike the environment, she develops hatred for it. She demonstrates this by ripping off the remainder of the wallpaper. Her discontent is further manifested by her rebellious attitude. She believes that other women are hidden and tortured behind the wallpaper. This leads to her quest for freedom, which is not only limited to herself but to other women who according to the narrator are being tortured like her. The narrator uses simple and straight forward language in narrating. This gives the story a simple structure. The story is presented in a chronological order, starting from the narrators warm and nice home environment to a dislikable hostile ancient rented house in the suburb. The narrator blends the activities of these areas so well that the different themes in the story emerge with full understanding. The story is structured in such a way that it rises to its climax, creating suspense and moving to a logical ending. The story is structured as a journey of the main character from her loving environment to a non conducive area. She rebels against her husbands idea of confiding her in an unpleasant room. She sees such an environment as prison and questions if she deserved to be in. Adequate detail is used in describing the house in general and the room in particular. This creates a vivid scenery and makes understanding easier. The narrator choice of words depicts dislike of the environment. She talks of ''those mysterious deep shaded arbors, the riotous old fashioned flowers, and bushes are gnarly trees''(section five). She describes the wall paper in the room as ugly and having a ''yellow smell''. The smell is so obnoxious that it irritates her. She wonders if all the other rooms in the house have such a smell. The room is so secluded that she notices only a beam of light penetrating through a narrow hole in the barred window. The narrator adequately describes the inner scene of the colloquial house the rented and its surrounding. Though this, the narrator is not in conformity with neither one of them. This is portrayed by her rebellious attitude as she seeks for freedom and liberty. The narrator blends plot and structure in a simple manner to make understanding easier for readers. This blend creates a sense of empathy in the reader and encourages them to read on.
xXx_Hikari_Ame_xXx More than 1 year ago
The Yellow Wallpaper is a well-written gothic classic. That being said, I did not love this book. It did not leave a lasting impression on me. Short, odd and maybe a bit too over-hyped for me to thoroughly enjoy it. This early feminist tale tries to be a bit too obtuse for my taste. Written in the 1890’s this is a classic piece of gothic fiction. In the Yellow-Wallpaper, Gilman’s most famous and disturbing story, the house is portrayed as a domestic prison, a warden, and later as a mirror that depicts the awful break-down of the main character. In truth, I was not prepared for the subtle horror of the final scene due to Gilman’s clever use of language. One thing that thoroughly irked me was the overly feminist tone and how the plots all began to merge together within the novel at an alarmingly fast rate. I am all for women’s rights and power, yet not so much to the point of preaching and belittling men, which to me, is what made up this novel. The narrator is…unreliable, to say the least. She is a mother confined to a room upstairs in a rented house, separated from her baby and prevented from doing anything at all. She tells us that the room has bars on the windows and rings on the walls because it was a nursery, but it is obvious that it has been set up as a secure place for a mentally-ill patient. There is a gate at the top of the stairs, and even the bed is nailed to the floor. The horrible yellow wallpaper is torn, but it doesn’t take the reader long to work out who is tearing it. The woman’s secret journal is written in a bleak, fractured style, which adds to the sense of disorientation. Overall, The Yellow Wallpaper was far not the worst book I’ve read, yet I simply did not truly care much for it.
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As many, I first read "The Yellow Wallpaper" in high school. Back then, I was intrigued by the story, and felt empathy towards the main character, but felt myself struggling more between an unfamiliar dialect and of course an impending test. Now that I am an adult, I decided to reread it, and found it fascinating. It is quite short, but contains incredible symbolism: we feel sorry for this woman, apparently a new mother suffering from severe post-partum depression, banned from doing something therapeutic: writing. J.R. Reardon author, "Confidential Communications"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
unless u want to read about a lady who stares at wallpaper for three monthes and goes mentally insane DO NOT READ IT it is pure torture(if u have 2 read it) and u feel like u r going slightly insane as u read it