Charlotte Perkins Gilman's the Yellow Wall-Paper

ISBN-10: 0415263581

ISBN-13: 9780415263580

Edition: 2004

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This volume includes Gilman's complete original text together with extensive commentary. Catherine J. Golden also provides extracts from contemporary documents and critical reviews combined with incisive commentary, to offer both a critical history and an introduction to the contexts of the work.
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 10/28/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

Charlotte Perkins Gilman was born in 1860 in Hartford, Conn. Her traumatic childhood led to depression and to her eventual suicide. Gilman's father abandoned the family when she was a child and her mother, who was not an affectionate woman, recruited relatives to help raise her children. Among these relatives was Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin. Due to her family situation, Gilman learned independence, but also became alienated from her many female relatives. Gilman married in 1884 and was soon diagnosed with depression. She was prescribed bed rest, which only seemed to aggravate her condition and she eventually divorced her husband, fearing that marriage was partly responsible for her depressed state. After this, Gilman became involved in feminist activities and the writing that made her a major figure in the women's movement. Books such as Women and Economics, written in 1898, are proof of her importance as a feminist. Here she states that only when women learn to be economically independent can true equality be achieved. Her fiction works, particularly The Yellow Wallpaper, are also written with feminist ideals. A frequent lecturer, she also founded the feminist magazine Forerunner in 1909. Gilman, suffering from cancer, chose to end her own life and committed suicide on August 17, 1935. More information about this fascinating figure can be found in her book The Living of Charlotte Perkins Gilman: An Autobiography, published in 1935.

From letter to Martha Luther Lane, 1890
Letter to Horace E. Scudder, 1890
Letter to Charlotte Perkins Stetson, 1890
"The tell-tale heart"
From The diary of Alice James
"Through this"
"The story of an hour"
From In this our world
"Why I wrote 'The yellow wallpaper'?"
From The living of Charlotte Perkins Gilman
From The American woman's home
From Hints on household taste : the classic handbook of Victorian interior decoration
From What a young husband ought to know
From Sex in education; or, a fair chance for the girls
From The puerperal diseases : clinical lectures delivered at Bellevue Hospital
From Fat and blood : and how to make them and Doctor and patient
Selected reviews of "The yellow wall-paper"
Initial two reviews in Boston Evening Transcript, 1892
"The yellow wall paper"
"New books and those who make them"
A question of 'nerves'
"Literary notices : the yellow wall paper"
"Books : light and serious stories"
"Minor fiction"
"The yellow wall paper"
"Brief reviews"
"New books in brief review"
From "Introduction," The great modern American stories, an anthology
From "Afterword" to The yellow wallpaper
From The madwoman in the attic
From "A map for rereading"
From "An unnecessary maze of sign reading"
From "Monumental feminism and literature's ancestral house : another look at 'The yellow wallpaper'"
From "Introduction," The gold standard and the logic of naturalism : American literature at the turn of the century
From "The writing of 'The yellow wallpaper' : a double palimpsest"
From "Feminist criticism, 'The yellow wallpaper,' and the politics of color in America"
From American nervousness, 1903 : an anecdotal history
From "Queering The yellow wallpaper? : Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the politics of form"
From "Overwriting decadence : Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Oscar Wilde, and the feminization of art in 'The yellow wall-paper'"
From "Gilman's arabesque wallpaper"
From "The use of audiovisual material as an aid in teaching 'The yellow wall-paper'"
The yellow wall-paper
Books on Gilman's oeuvre
Companion pieces by Gilman
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