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The Yellow Wallpaper and Selected Writings {Virago}

by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Other authors: Maggie O'Farrell (Introduction)

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It is stripped off - the paper - in great patches . . . The colour is repellent . . . In the places where it isn't faded and where the sun is just so - I can see a strange, provoking, formless sort of figure, that seems to skulk about . . .' Based on the author's own experiences, 'The Yellow Wallpaper' is the chilling tale of a woman driven to the brink of insanity by the 'rest cure' prescribed after the birth of her child. Isolated in a crumbling colonial mansion, in a room with bars on the windows, the tortuous pattern of the yellow wallpaper winds its way into the recesses of her mind. Charlotte Perkins Gilman was America's leading feminist intellectual of the early twentieth century. In addition to her masterpiece 'The Yellow Wallpaper', this new edition includes a selection of her best short fiction and extracts from her autobiography.… (more)

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This was one strange story but portrays well how mental illness has been viewed in the past as well as a societal view of women in the not to distant past. The tale follows one women's descent into madness and it is really a wild ride. She lives in a room which has yellow wallpaper and a bed fastened to the floor. Pretty shocking and wild on it's own as a spooky story for something like Halloween. It can also be studied as a peek into the stigma of mental illness or for how society has marginalized women and their very real problems. Pretty creepy. ( )
  kaida46 | Nov 4, 2009 |
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At the close of the nineteenth century, a Boston physician was so enraged by the publication of a certain story that he wrote the following complaint: 'The story can hardly, it would seem, give pleasure to any reader...such literature contains deadly peril. Should such stories be allowed to pass without severest censure?' (Introduction)
It is very seldom that mere ordinary people like John and myself secure ancestral halls for the summer. (The Yellow Wallpaper)
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Includes 20 stories and novellas as well as selections from Ms. Gilman's autobiography. See description for exact titles.
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It is stripped off - the paper - in great patches . . . The colour is repellent . . . In the places where it isn't faded and where the sun is just so - I can see a strange, provoking, formless sort of figure, that seems to skulk about . . .' Based on the author's own experiences, 'The Yellow Wallpaper' is the chilling tale of a woman driven to the brink of insanity by the 'rest cure' prescribed after the birth of her child. Isolated in a crumbling colonial mansion, in a room with bars on the windows, the tortuous pattern of the yellow wallpaper winds its way into the recesses of her mind. Charlotte Perkins Gilman was America's leading feminist intellectual of the early twentieth century. In addition to her masterpiece 'The Yellow Wallpaper', this new edition includes a selection of her best short fiction and extracts from her autobiography.

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Based on the author's own experiences, 'The Yellow Wallpaper' is the chilling tale of a woman driven to the brink of insanity by the 'rest cure' prescribed after the birth of her child. Isolated in a crumbling colonial mansion, in a room with bars on the windows, the tortuous pattern of the yellow wallpaper winds its way into the recesses of her mind. Charlotte Perkins Gilman was America's leading feminist intellectual of the early twentieth century. In addition to her masterpiece, 'The Yellow Wallpaper', this edition includes a selection of her best short fiction and extracts from her autobiography.

Contents: Stories. The yellow wallpaper --
The unexpected --
The giant wistaria --
An extinct angel --
The rocking-chair --
Deserted --
An unnatural mother --
Three Thanksgivings --
The Cottagette --
When I was a witch --
An honest woman --
Turned --
Making a Change --
Mrs. Elder's Idea --
Their house --
Bee Wise --
Fulfilment --
If I were a man --
Mr. Peeble's heart --
Mrs. Merrill's duties.. Selections from the author's autobiography. The Living of Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
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